As construction of the Borders Railway continues in Galashiels, the focus of the work in Galashiels will now shift towards the construction of the new station at Ladhope Vale.  As a result, a temporary one-way system will be implemented in the town centre to allow for the safe construction of the station. 

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The temporary one-way system will be in place from 27 July until 05 December.  Ladhope Vale, Bridge Place and the junction of Stirling Street will be added to the existing one-way system to maintain the flow of traffic.  This will allow the station and associated works, such as the roadside retaining walls, to be constructed safely.  

The Borders Railway project is working closely with Scottish Borders Council who has used the Central Borders Traffic Modelling Software to identify the least disruptive system.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Galashiels, Currie Road has reopened to traffic following the successful installation of a bridge deck over the road.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: 

“Network Rail and its main contractor, BAM, are making excellent progress on the construction of the railway through Gala. We’ve installed new bridges and prepared the railway formation in several locations already and we’re now shifting our focus to the station works.

“To allow us to carry out these works safely, we need to put in place an adequate exclusion zone and that requires implementing restrictions on traffic and pedestrians using the north side of Ladhope Vale.

“The temporary one-way system we are putting in place has been agreed with SBC and will be familiar to road users in Gala. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that these changes will cause and thank road users for their continued patience while we look to complete the construction of the railway by next summer.”

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, added:

“The Borders Railway will be an exciting development for Galashiels for decades to come but as with any major infrastructure project there is also short-term disruption.

“A number of options were looked at and the one chosen by Network Rail and SBC means the Ladhope Vale works can be carried out safely and as quickly as possible.

“I would like to thank the people of Galashiels for their patience so far and hope that they witness the investment and economic benefits the railway will bring when it opens in autumn 2015.”

During this period of peak construction in Galashiels, Network Rail and BAM are working closely with the Scottish Borders Council to minimise disruption for residents and businesses.  The council have created a new page on their website to inform local residents about road works in the town: