A7 Closures to allow essential Borders Railway works

Essential work on two key bridges on the Borders Rail route will require weekend and overnight closures as well as some restrictions on the A7 trunk road during November.

The first phase of these works will be at Gore Glen, where a brand new railway bridge is being installed over the A7 trunk road. The work involves fifteen large pre-cast beams being lifted into place to form the base of the new track over the bridge.

The construction work will be carried out from 20.00hrs on Friday 8th November to 08.00hrs on Sunday 10th November under a road closure of this portion of the A7. Allowance has also been made for a subsequent closure from 14.00hrs on Sunday 10 November to 06.00hrs on Monday 11 November. There will be a diversion set up on the B704 running through Gorebridge and Powdermill Brae.

There will be a further closure on this part of the A7 on Saturday 16th November between 07:00 and 17:00 with the same diversion route in place.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail Scotland, said:

“The Gore Glen bridge is the third largest new structure being built as part of the project, so this installation is another major milestone for the Border Railway.

“We are working hard to minimise disruption to the road network as far as practically possible by timing the closures for weekend off-peak times, however, there will be some inevitable delays to journeys on the A7. In particular, we’d encourage anyone travelling from the Borders to Edinburgh for international rugby those weekends to use the A68.

“We have listened to local concerns regarding the diversion through Gorebridge and will re-open the A7 to enable the Remembrance Sunday parade to take place in Gorebridge on 10 November.”

Later in the month, work will be undertaken to ensure that the Lothianbridge Viaduct is safe for use 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.

Following this, the team will move further along the bridge, which necessitates the full closure of Carrington Road at the viaduct for five days, commencing Monday 25th.

Hugh Wark continued:

“Once complete, these works will link the north section of the Borders route to the rest of the line. They mark a clear milestone in the construction of the Borders Railway which, once it opens in 2015, will be enjoyed by passengers for years to come.

“We appreciate the potential inconvenience caused and ask local drivers to note the timings for these works and plan their journeys accordingly.  We have specifically built in time to minimise disruption to Remembrance Sunday events.”

Network Rail and the contractor BAM have liaised with the community ahead of these works and are committed to continuing the dialogue throughout the duration of the project.