A701 Overnight Tree Felling To Start On may 31st

Scotland TranServ will carry out a series of five emergency overnight road closures on the A701 north of St Ann’s Bridge in order to remove several large trees that could be a risk to local drivers.

Following a detailed inspection of the woodland north of the iconic St Ann’s Bridge, a dozen trees were found to be diseased, or had dead or dying branches.

Michael Pagan, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Manager for Dumfries & Galloway said:

“Our routine inspection identified that these trees and their branches were posing a risk to motorists using the A701 trunk road. We treat the health and safety of our workers and of drivers with the utmost importance, and so we are prioritising the immediate removal of all affected trees.”

It will be necessary to close the road in order to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible. The felling is programmed to start on Wednesday 31st May, and will be carried out over 5 nights to help keep disruption to local drivers to an absolute minimum.

A signed local diversion route will be in operation:

  • Diversion – A709 Dumfries bypass to Lockerbie, then B7076 to re-join A701 South of Beattock

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