Advanced flood defence works still continue across the town however it is hoped this will be concluded by the end of the year. Key areas where work is ongoing are:

Commercial Road
Utility diversion works are progressing on programme with the section of Commercial Road between Wilton Lane and Sainsbury’s / Aldi entrance remaining closed until the Christmas period. All Commercial Road businesses and properties remain open with vehicular access via the Albert Bridge end of Commercial Road and pedestrian access from either end.

Borders Abbey Way Alternative Access Path
Construction of this route (connecting Waverley Walk at Hamilton Road, and the Borders Abbey Way at the Council depot) is ongoing and will take some 6 weeks to complete. All works are ‘off the road’.

Main Flood Defence works are currently ongoing in the following locations:

Hawick High School
The footpath that runs from Lawson footbridge to Volunteer Park is currently closed. There are also parking restrictions on St Georges Lane and no access to car parking in the rear school car park off Buccleuch Road (adjacent to the Cricket Club). The Lawson footbridge will remain open to pedestrian access from Common Haugh / St Georges Lane.

Buccleuch Road/ Tennis Club/ Volunteer Park
Works are due to begin on flood wall construction alongside the A7 from the Tennis Courts through to Volunteer park on Thursday 10th September and this section of the A7 will be reduced to single lane traffic operating under temporary traffic lights (TTL) until the middle of February 2021. Expect delays in this area and plan extra time to get in and out of town.

The Volunteer Park car park will remain open for as much of the work as possible although a period of closure cannot be avoided when construction across the access is necessary and we will advise the town in advance of these closure dates nearer the time.
Work will also begin on upgrading the footpath which connects the Laurie Footbridge in Volunteer Park with Hawick High School. These works will take around 6 weeks to complete.

Common Haugh
Please be aware that there is limited parking within the Haugh car park due to the working area required for Mclaughlin & Harveys’ operations. Drop off and pick up for the High school parents and buses will continue to be at the north east corner (nearest to Iceland/ William Lockie knitwear store). Please take note of the areas required for school transport access and keep them clear during the school week. In addition to the current works, SBC Contracts will also be undertaking work to renew a power supply cable to the central lighting column in the car park from Monday 14th September which may impact movement around the car park. Works are scheduled to take five days.

James Thomson Footbridge
Works to the James Thomson North Abutment are due to start mid-September and the Bridge is scheduled to be closed for four weeks for this phase of work. Alternative pedestrian routes are displayed at the Bridge access points.

Keeping you informed
The latest quarterly project newsletter (No.3 Sept 2020) will be circulated to all households in the TD9 postal area in early October. If you have any topics that you would like to see covered in future issues please get in touch at hawickfloodps@scotborders.gov.uk

Within the coming weeks a Project Information Centre will be opening in Bourtree Place (opposite the Horse) and this will be staffed by a member of the team who will be available to answer questions and provide information on the Scheme. Opening times are yet to be confirmed but will be publicised in due course.