Calls to cut speed limit after sweeper hit on muddy road

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PRESSURE is mounting for speed limits on a stretch of main road running alongside the Borders Railway project to be slashed.

Network Rail wants the limit dropped from 60mph to 40mph on the A7 from Falahill to Fountainhall.

The move comes after a car crashed into a road sweeper trying to clear mud and debris off the main route passing through Midlothian and the Scottish Borders on Wednesday. Four women were in the Chevrolet Aveo when it collided with the sweeper near Middleton at around 1.45pm.

No-one was injured, but the incident has sparked renewed calls for action over the road conditions.

The Evening News reported last week that lorries working on the 35-mile rail link were turning roads into a muddy quagmire, prompting calls for a clean-up amid fears motorists could be killed.

Local resident John Logan, 57, said the sweepers were part of the problem, with the water being brushed across the road leaving behind a “big brown soup”.

A Borders Council spokesman said the authority would continue reviewing whether to drop the speed limit on the affected stretch. Police Scotland is also monitoring conditions.

Wheel-washing equipment will be used by contractor BAM Nuttall at five key locations on the A7 from this week in a bid to stop mud clogging the busy route.