Council seeks feedback on future of active travel spaces across the Borders

Scottish Boarders Council has started a consultation with residents over whether the continuation of a number of trial traffic measures introduced over the COVID-19 pandemic should be made permanent

At the start of the pandemic trial measures were introduced over lockdown to determine if reduced speed limits and restricted vehicle access would encourage more active travel including walking, cycling and wheeling.

The programme of measures formed part of ita Spaces for People programme, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Sustrans.

Temporary 40mph speed limits were introduced in the Lauder area, between Balinslie to Earlston and between Heriot/Stow/Fountainhall and Clovenfords. We would like to determine if permanent 40mph signage should be installed across these locations or if they should revert back to the national speed limit.

Restricted vehicle access was also introduced on the Caddonfoot Road to increase pedestrian access to the playing field and make the area safer for pedestrians to exercise.

As there is insufficient space on the verge to provide a pavement from Clovenfords to Caddonfoot or to the playing field, we are keen to gather the experiences of the public and determine if there is demand to reopen the road to vehicles or to keep it closed.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Infrastructure, Travel and Transport, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns provided the Council with the perfect opportunity to trial various measures that had the potential to make our roads safer whilst also encouraging more exercise and active travel.

“Now is the right time to reassess these measures and we are extremely keen for as many people as possible to share their views to help determine the future of these backroads.”

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