GRID­LOCK DAY

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Peak time traf­fic builds up on the ap­proach to Dum­fries from Collin. STEPHEN TEM­LETT

A bro­ken man­hole cover caused traf­fic chaos in Dum­fries this week.

A set of traf­fic lights was erected on the A75 on the out­skirts of town to al­low work­ers to re­pair the prob­lem.

But the move co­in­cided with the clo­sure of the A709 Locker­bie to Dum­fries road for resur­fac­ing.

And driv­ers seek­ing an al­ter­na­tive route into town via Collin found them­selves caught up in huge tail­backs at the lights.

The rip­ple ef­fect caused con­ges­tion across the town.

Jour­neys that the week be­fore took just 15 min­utes were tak­ing up to an hour.

Many fed-up driv­ers voiced their frus­tra­tions on so­cial me­dia.

Tracy Dalziel said: “It was ab­so­lute chaos. It took one hour to get from Heath­hall to Dum­fries High School.”

And Mar­garet Find­later said: “I left Heath­hall at 9.05am for the town cen­tre for a class at 9.30am. I never even got out of Heath­hall by 9.31am. Ab­so­lute grid­lock.”

Res­i­dents of Collin have also voiced road safety fears.

Sam Rae said: “I didn’t walk the kids to Collin Pri­mary School this morn­ing due to the pre­vi­ous morn­ing the speed of the cars driv­ing through the vil­lage made pave­ment walk­ing feel un­safe so I drove. That was a big mis­take.”

Ed­ward El­der added: “It’s only a mat­ter of time un­til there’s a crash on the junc­tion cross­ing the dual car­riage­way and at the speed peo­ple travel there will be a death.”

The coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the A709 clo­sure with the A75 fall­ing un­der Scot­land Transerv’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The works on the A75 was recorded as a road safety haz­ard.

“The clo­sure of the A709 was planned well in ad­vance and has been well pub­li­cised.

“The sign­posted di­ver­sion route for this clo­sure is via the A75 west to­wards the A701 and then B7076 and A709 – the work be­ing car­ried out on the A75 is not in the di­ver­sion but lo­cals would ap­pear to be us­ing this and trav­el­ling through Collin rather than us­ing the sign­posted route, which would ap­pear to have con­trib­uted to the de­lays.”

The Open­reach man­hole cover was re­paired by Wednesday af­ter­noon.

A com­pany spokesper­son said: “The safety of road users has got to be the top pri­or­ity. With per­mis­sion from Scot­land Transerv, our con­trac­tors car­ried out re­pairs as swiftly as pos­si­ble due to the dan­ger posed to traf­fic.

“We’re very sorry for any dis­rup­tion caused by this emergency work.” The A 709 Dum­fries to Locker­bie road

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