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Work aims to cut Borders General Hospital road crashes

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Image caption The junction has a history of accidents with 16 over a 10-year period

A new road safety scheme is to be put in place outside a hospital after a number of accidents in recent years.

It will affect the A6091 at the junction to the Borders General near Melrose for six weeks from 5 February.

A new traffic light system will be put in place along with other measures to improve the flow of vehicles.

No significant delays are expected but patients with appointments have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Figures for the site show 16 accidents in the area in the 10 years from 2006 to 2015.

Most of them would appear to have been due to drivers misjudging the speed of other drivers on the approach to the junction.

David Parker, convenor of Scottish Borders Council, said he was delighted to see the work go ahead.

'Some disruption'

"The council is working alongside Amey, Transport Scotland, NHS Borders and the Scottish Ambulance Service on this project and while there will be some disruption to travel during the works, we believe the result will be less accidents and near misses," he said.

"There will be a series of opportunities for the local community to hear about this scheme at upcoming community council meetings and a planned drop-in session."

NHS Borders Chairman John Raine also said he would be pleased to see the work begin

"This will ensure that the junction to the Borders General Hospital is much safer for our patients, visitors and staff," he said.

Tom Wallace, Amey account manager for the south east trunk roads unit, said every effort had been made to reduce the effect on road users.

"A planned scheme on the A7 Galafoot Bridge, which would have coincided with this scheme, has been rescheduled, and only emergency repairs will be undertaken, if necessary," he said.

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