THE A7 will close overnight for essential roadworks this week.

The busy road will close in both directions south of Martinshouse (Hawick)

The work will commence at 7.30pm on Friday March 31 and finish at 6am on Saturday April 1.

Signpost diversions are in place.



Then next week resurfacing works are planned on the road at Bush farm, five miles north of Langholm, between the hours of 7.30pm and 6am each night from Monday April 3 to Friday  April 7.

The A7 will be closed in both directions while work takes place at each of these locations, with a diversion route signposted between Hawick and Canonbie via the A6088, B6357 and B7201. This diversion is expected to add approximately 7.7 miles and 20 minutes to affected journeys.

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Emergency services will be given access through the works at all times and local access for residents within the closure points will be maintained when it is safe to pass through the work area.

Relevant stakeholders have been consulted in advance to make them aware of the plans.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on this section of the A7 and will improve driving experience for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the road during these works, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise the impact.

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“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience and understanding. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site

All work is weather dependent and subject to postponement or cancellation in the event of adverse conditions.