A7 Closure: Additional Works to Bridge At Gore Glen

The Borders Railway team will make the finishing touches to the main structural work on the Gore Glen bridge this Saturday, 16th November. To guarantee the safety of road users during the works the A7 will close at Gore Glen between 07:00-17:00 on Saturday. There will be a diversion set up on the B704 running through Gorebridge and Powdermill Brae.

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This second phase of works at the Gore Glen bridge will see concrete poured to form the bridge deck. It follows last weekend’s beams lift, which finished ahead of schedule.

Hugh Wark, Borders Railway project manager, said: “We apologise in advance for the potential inconvenience caused while we carry out this important work and would ask drivers to note the timings for this closure and plan their journeys accordingly.” 

In addition, masonry repairs to the Lothianbridge Viaduct will be undertaken from next week to ensure that it is safe for future rail passengers.

From Monday 18th to Monday 25th November there will be traffic restrictions on the A7 under the viaduct. During the day, traffic will be managed by temporary traffic signals on manual control. At night there will be a full closure with a diversion in place along Newtongrange High Street.

From Monday 25th  the team will move further along the viaduct which necessitates the full closure of Carrington Road for five days, finishing on Friday at 18:00. Diversions will be put in place via the B6392 and B704 for the duration of the works.

Hugh Wark added: “The Lothianbridge Viaduct is an iconic structure for the Borders Railway. For its age, the Victorian structure is in excellent condition, but work is required to upgrade defective masonry dressings and continue brickwork arch repairs and repointing. As the work is taking place in the arches above the A7 and Carrington Road, it is essential that we put diversions in place for safety reasons.”

Network Rail and the contractor BAM have informed the community ahead of these works and are committed to continuing the dialogue throughout the duration of the project. Follow @BordersRailway on Twitter for the latest updates on the team’s progress.