South Scotland

Leadburn junction upgrade planned

Scene of the crash
Image caption A woman from the Borders was killed at the junction earlier this year

Work will begin later this month to upgrade a junction on the Borders-Midlothian border where a number of drivers have lost their lives.

The latest fatal accident at Leadburn Junction, where the A701, A703 and A6094 meet, happened earlier this year.

A package of improvements will be carried out by Scottish Borders and Midlothian councils.

Works will get under way on 27 September and are scheduled to finish in mid-November.

Signs around the junction will be replaced and kerbs realigned and improvements made to street lighting.

Parts of the high-friction surfacing will also be replaced.

The improvements have been welcomed by MSP Jeremy Purvis, but he said pressure would still be maintained for a roundabout which he, and others, believe is the best solution.

Earlier this year an 87-year-old woman from the Borders died in a crash at the site.

In 2005 a motorist was killed when a car crashed into the historic Leadburn Inn near the junction, causing a fire which destroyed the building.

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