MSPs call for signs to display virus advice on cross-border routes

THREE MSPs have written to transport bosses in a bid to get the latest COVID-19 advice displayed on electronic road signs in the Borders.

Last week, Christine Grahame and fellow SNP politicians Emma Harper and Joan McAlpine sent as joint letter to the chief executives of Transport Scotland and Highways England.

They want the information boards on cross-border routes to highlight the differences in coronavirus restrictions.

The MSPs said some of their constituents were “concerned” that visitors coming into the region from other parts of the UK were unfamiliar with the differences in the COVID-19 rules.

And that the confusion had even caused “animosity” with local businesses and residents.

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said: “While I welcome people coming to visit the Borders – world-renowned for its history and outstanding scenery – we want to ensure that people enjoy the area safely and understand that in Scotland we have our own approach to easing the COVID-19 restrictions, which differs from the approach taken by other parts of the UK.

“To this end, we have jointly written to the chief executives of Transport Scotland and Highways England to request that electronic road signage on cross-border routes between the two nations reflect the differences in COVID-19 restrictions.

“Scotland has made excellent progress towards stopping the spread of COVID-19, and now as we are starting to see more of our tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses open, we want to ensure this good progress continues while keeping local communities safe.

“One way to inform people is by ensuring that everyone is aware of the measures which are in place in Scotland, as they head north, and England as they head south, which we encourage everyone to follow.

“We look forward to hearing back from both Transport Scotland and Highways England soon.”

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