Future Engineers Get On Track with Borders Railway Visit

One hundred students from the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University have been given the chance to bring their studies to life with tours of the major points of construction on the Borders Railway.


The visits gave the first to fifth year university students first hand insight into the innovative construction techniques and state-of-the-art equipment being used to construct the new line.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail Project Director, said: “The Borders Railway project is one of Scotland’s biggest infrastructure projects for many years, it is therefore really important that we share and educate the next generation of engineers whenever possible throughout this project.

“We were delighted to be able to facilitate the visit, especially so given that some of the engineers on the project studied at Heriot-Watt University. We would like to thank BAM for organising the tour and taking the timeout from a busy schedule to accommodate the students.”

Dr Pauline Thompson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Heriot-Watt University’s School of the Built Environment, said: “It is invaluable for our students to visit live constructions sites and meet people involved in the project. The Borders Railway is located on the University’s door-step and observing experienced engineers rebuilding this historic line was a great opportunity.

“The first year students are at an early stage of their studies and we hope it will inspire them to succeed. It really emphasises what a rewarding and varied profession it can be. The Borders Railway team were very thorough and informative.”

Fifth year student, George Georgiev, said: “As part of our 5th year studies I am currently working on a railway project regarding the reinstatement of the Penicuik-Edinburgh line. Visiting the Borders Railway really helped me appreciate the constraints behind such a major project. I was impressed by the engineering solutions taken to reduce the impact on the environment and society. I was amazed at the works under the bypass and the temporary carriageway which helped to drastically reduce the impact of the works on the traffic flow.”

Ahead of visiting the sites, the students received a site induction to ensure they were aware of the potential safety risks of a live construction site.

Once operating in autumn 2015, the Borders Railway will provide an alternative and sustainable mode of transport for existing and future Edinburgh-based students, running half hourly services between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank, and stopping at nine stations in between.