Engineers work on rain-soaked road

A major road in Scottish has not been as badly damaged by a landslide as engineers first thought.

Problems began when heavy rain washed away tonnes of debris supporting the A7 near Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway late last week.

Stewart Stevenson, minister for transport, infrastructure and climate change, visited the site and said: "Having stripped back the debris on the damaged portion of road the underlying surface is not as badly damaged as experts first thought."

He met senior engineers on the Edinburgh to Carlisle road who said about 60 metres of road will need replaced.They also said about 10,000 tonnes of rock-fill will be needed to shore up the embankment by the River Esk at Auchenrivock.

Engineers said the road will be opened with a temporary surface in time for the Langholm Common Riding later this month.

The destruction forced motorists on a 60-mile diversion. The road is expected to be fully opened by August.

Mr Stevenson added: "The Scottish Government is very aware of local concern about this closure, and because the A7 is such a vital route we are working closely with our agencies and contractors to get the carriageway open as soon as possible."

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