THE A68 is set to benefit from an improved road surface, with a total of thirteen nights of resurfacing works scheduled from Monday 31 July to Wednesday 16 August.

The works will see Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland resurface 2,100 metres of carriageway at two locations near Camptown and Eildon, creating smoother and safer journeys for motorists.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and the public during these works, the following road closures will be in place:

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Monday July 31 to Wednesday August 2 (3 nights), 10pm to 6am – The A68 will be closed in both directions from south of Ancrum to the national border, with a signed diversion in place via the A698 and A6088, adding approximately 9.7 miles and 14 minutes onto affected journeys.

Thursday August  3 to Friday August 4 and Monday August 7 to Friday August 11 10pm to 6am – The A68 will be closed in both directions between Ravenswood RBT and St Boswells, with a signed diversion in place via the A6091, the A7 and the A699. This diversion will add approximately 15.9 miles and 23 minutes onto affected journeys.

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Monday August 14 to Wednesday August 16 (3 nights), 7.30pm to 6am – The A68 will again be closed in both directions between Ravenswood RBT and St Boswells, with a diversion in place via the A6091, A7 and A699.

Temporary traffic lights will also be in place on the A68 one kilometre south of Camptown from 22:00 to 06:00 on the nights of Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August, while road marking works are completed.

BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager Tommy Deans said: “We’re pleased to be able to deliver these resurfacing improvements on the A68.

“We’re grateful to road users and local communities for their understanding while we carry out these essential works. We have to close the road for safety while work is in progress, however we’ll do this at night in order to minimise disruption.”

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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.

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at, or on Twitter at @trafficscotland.

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