Borders Railway work will cause Sheriffhall closures

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MOTORISTS have been warned to expect delays after overnight closures of the Sheriffhall roundabout began.

The A720 bypass between Sheriffhall and the Old Craighall Roundabout is ­closing overnight this weekend and at the end of next week as part of work on the new ­Borders Railway.

The temporary closures are part of changeover work to enable a major two-lane diversion about 200 metres east of the Sheriffhall roundabout to take traffic while a tunnel is excavated for the rail link. The speed limit will be slashed from 70mph to 40mph on the ­alternate route, which will be used for at least eight months while the key stretch of bypass is closed.

The new tunnel will allow the old 35-mile Waverley route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, near Galashiels, to be reopened. The £294 million rail link is expected to begin in summer 2015.

The planned closures cover both directions and run at various times today and tomorrow.