International students given tour of Borders Railway
The Borders Railway project took on an international flavour with a visit from 220 students from Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, France and Latvia as part of Edinburgh Napier University’s International Project Week.
The visit was part of an initiative that sees the students from across Europe studying key civil engineering projects in different countries and the related challenges that they face.
The students were taken on a tour of the project site by the principal contractor BAM. They were shown the site of the new Shawfair station and access road, witnessing the concrete pour for the station platform and footbridge. They also learned about the major engineering and organisational challenges which have been met during the progress of the project to date.
Nissar Mohammed, project director for BAM, said:
"We were delighted to be able to facilitate this visit by students from around Europe onto the site, and show them the scale of the project. It underlines the significance of this project beyond Scotland.
“It is important that students are able to see first-hand engineering works and the practical challenges which we have faced during construction. We hope that the students found the tour valuable.”
The students received an induction in advance to ensure they were aware of the potential safety risks of a live construction site and adhered to the Borders Railway site rules.