PART of the A72 is to close for two hours on Wednesday to allow police to carry out investigations into a fatal accident.

The road will be shut from Walkerburn to the Nest roundabout from 9.30am to 11.30am so officers can search the stretch where Sharon Wilson was hit by a car on October 16.

The 50-year-old from Walkerburn was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious injuries and later transferred to the Western General Hospital where she sadly passed away on Friday, October 27.

And now police want to return to the scene to carry out investigations.

During the closure, Scottish Borders Council will operate a one way system for eastbound traffic which will be diverted via the D83/2 Walkerburn to Ashiestiel road.

Westbound traffic will be directed via the A7 at the Bowland roundabout in Clovenfords, and along the A6094, A703 and back to the A72.

Signage will also be in place to advise motorists that the B709 Heriot to Innerleithen road is not suitable for HGV vehicles.

SBC staff will be on-site to direct motorists during the closure, as well as signage.

This closure is weather dependent but any cancellation will be communicated via SBC and Police Scotland’s social media channels and local radio.

Bus arrangements are being finalised and will be confirmed tomorrow (Tuesday).

Police Scotland Community Inspector Tony Hodges said: “Police Scotland have worked closely with Scottish Borders Council to facilitate an essential part of this ongoing investigation with a view to ensuring minimal disruption to travellers.

“I would urge drivers to remain patient and adhere to the diversions being implemented by council staff.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s executive member of roads and infrastructure, added: “The council and Police Scotland have co-ordinated the A72 closure which is allowing an important police investigation into a tragic accident to take place.

“The investigation takes place during the day to minimise the disruption for commuters and local community, and would ask drivers to remain on the signed diversion during the closure.”