MOTORISTS have been warned about disruption as works go ahead to remove 'potentially hazardous trees' along the A702.

Overnight closures will be in place between Biggar and Candymill from Tuesday (January 30) until February 2.

The 'essential' landscape works will result in the A702 being closed between 8.30pm and 5.30am each night.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s south east network manager, said: “It is essential for safety that we close the A702 while we remove potentially hazardous trees and improve the woodland areas.

“We understand that this will be disruptive and have planned the works to take place at night when traffic flows are lower to reduce the impact.

“The nature of the works will result in a slight increase in noise levels and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience this may cause.

“We thank road users and the local community for their patience and understanding.”

At Maidencoates roundabout, road users will be diverted along the A73 to Lanark, and then along the A70 and A721 before connecting back on to the A702 at Melbourne Crossroads.

The same diversion will be used in reverse when travelling southbound.

It is expected that the diversion will add an extra 11 miles and 17 minutes on to journeys.