A7 Action Group

In 2010 the A7 Action Group will celebrate 20 years of effective lobbying on the Government of the day.

The Group was founded in 1990 following a road traffic accident at Teviothead, 10 miles south of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. It was felt that the A7,  a main artery between Scotland and England, needed urgent up-grading.

A petition was raised calling for improvements to the A7 which was signed by the 100 residents in and around the village all of whom pledged their full support. In time the petition was presented to our local MP who agreed to be Chairman of the A7 Action Group. The Group consists of MPs, MSPs, SBC Councillors, Community Councillors, representatives of Government bodies and interested members of the public.

After much lobbying the group was rewarded in 1993 with our first up-grade; the A7 at Colterscleugh, Teviothead was straightened in a £1.56m scheme. This was followed a few years later by another up-grade in the Teviot Valley, this time with a 2.2 Km stretch at a cost of £3m.

The Group has campaigned long and hard for improvements at the notorious stretch of the A7 at Auchenrivock, just south of Langholm. After 11 years that campaigning has eventually paid off and work is nearing completion on that £6m up-grade.

This Group will maintain continous pressure on the Government of the day for further improvements to ensure that the A7 becomes a safe and convenient route to, and through, the Scottish Borders.

We meet 3-4 times per year in Hawick, Selkirk or Langholm. If you are interested in the activities of the Group please contact the Secretary on 01450 870959.

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