Public meetings on controversial Pathhead road

Crossroads , Pathhead.'A68
Crossroads , Pathhead.'A68

Residents in Pathhead are being urged to have their say on proposals to change the controversial trunk road that passes through the village.

Transport Scotland has proposed a scheme to design and deliver a street improvement project on the A68, spanning Pathhead village, to be implemented next year. This follows years of concern in the village about the safety of the road.

As part of this process, Amey, the group contracted by Transport Scotland to maintain and improve the motorways and trunk roads in South East Scotland, is hosting three consultation events in Pathhead to provide information on potential designs for this work and to get feedback from local residents.

The first of the three events took place on Tuesday, with the next taking place today (Thursday) at Callendar Pavilion, Pathhead, 4pm – 8pm. With the final consultation event happening next Wednesday at Tynewater Primary School 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

A spokesperson for Amey, said: “It’s a big part of the community there. So it’s important to get their views as they have to live with it day in, day out.

“There was a lot of different options available to us and we thought it was best to let the local people see them.

“It’s about finding out what people think will be the best improvements.

“We have had a lot of support from local elected members, They have welcomed the fact that we are having a consultation rather than just imposing changes.

“I hope the community turn out as it is obviously to their benefit to have an influence on what happens. It’s important that the work meets the needs of the local community first and foremost.”

Bob Bertram of the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group, said: “We look forward to hearing what the new proposals are. Particularly with regard to road crossings. I’d encourage people to go along.”