BORDERERS heading to or from the capital should be aware of planned road closures over five nights for carriageway improvements beginning at the end of this month.

The resurfacing works by Transport Scotland’s operating company, BEAR Scotland are planned on the A1 at Gladsmuir Junction Northbound, between the hours of 7.30pm and 6am each night from Thursday September 28 to Wednesday October 4,  with no works due to take place on Saturday or Sunday night.

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The road will be closed northbound with a diversion route signposted between Oaktree Junction and Gladsmuir northbound onslip via the A199.

This diversion is expected to add approximately 0.2 miles and 2 minutes to affected journeys.

Emergency services will be given access through the works at all times.

Relevant stakeholders have been consulted in advance to make them aware of the plans.

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Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “The surfacing improvements will help to address the defects on this section of the A1 and will greatly enhance the driving experience for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the road during these works, however we’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight to minimise the impact.

“We thank motorists and the local community in advance for their patience and understanding. We’ll do all we can to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site

All work is weather dependent and subject to postponement or cancellation in the event of adverse conditions.