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Peebles survey supports new River Tweed road bridge

Peebles bridge
Image caption A second road bridge over the River Tweed in Peebles has been backed by residents

A survey on transport plans for a Borders town has backed the building of a new bridge over the River Tweed.

Council planning officers believe a new crossing is needed in Peebles to cope with any further housing expansion south of the river.

About two-thirds of residents who were asked their opinion on the proposals came out in favour of the plan.

A full report on the findings will be presented to Scottish Borders Council later in the summer.

The consultation was carried out during a public exhibition at the Eastgate Theatre in the town.

It found a majority of people in favour of the scheme but a significant minority - about 28% - said they opposed the plan.

Meanwhile, the top three traffic and transport-related issues that cause concern in the town - according to consultation responses - were traffic volumes, pedestrian safety and traffic speeds.

It was hoped a final decision on a preferred way forward for traffic plans in the town could be made by the middle of next year.

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