Access to Commercial Road will change next month as part of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme’s advanced works. The works so far have focussed on a section of the road between the Sainsbury’s entrance and Laing Terrace, with access to all businesses from Albert Bridge end of Commercial Road. This section of work will be completed by the end of September and the road opened at this location.

The advanced works will then move onto the section of Commercial Road between the Sainsbury’s entrance and Bath Street which will be required to close from Thursday 1 October to complete the utility diversions.

Commercial Road access arrangements from 1 October

– No change to the Commercial Road diversion route for A7 traffic, which continues along High Street for soundbound traffic and Wilton Hill and Princes Street for northbound traffic

– No change for access to all Commercial Road businesses between Albert Bridge and Bath Street

– Bath Street will be made one-way from Commercial Road to the corner of the Old Baths/pedestrian entrance of Sainsbury’s. This is to allow Commercial Road traffic visiting businesses to safely leave the area. The remaining section of Bath Street will remain two-way.

– Access to Aldi and Sainsbury’s will be from the North Bridge/Leisure Centre roundabout end of Commercial Road. This section of road will be two-way.

– Access to all businesses on Commercial Road will be maintained.

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme costs will be £88m, including the main works contract, which represents a major investment in the infrastructure of the town of Hawick. Contributions to the overall scheme costs include:

– Scottish Government – £63m
– Scottish Borders Council – £15m
– SUSTRANS, the national walking and cycling charity, is contributing around £9m towards the cost of the new Active Travel Network along the River Teviot.
– Scottish Water – £665,000 towards cost of new wastewater pumping station
– Transport Scotland – £500,000 towards upgrade of Commercial Road

It is estimated that if these four projects were to be carried out independently of each other, the overall cost would be in the region of £101m. It means the Scheme represents significant value for money in terms of the public purse.

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