Midlothian pupils help give railway safety a boost

TWO pupils from NewtongrangePrimary School and LasswadePrimary School, Bonnyrigg, have topped their classes to win a design competition to help encourage safety while construction of the new Borders Railway is underway.

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The poster design competition was made possible after the schools received funding from a safety grant fund set-up by the Borders Railway project and the Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN).

The competition winners were Leon Thomson, 11, P7 at Newtongrange Primary School and Jessica Hanley, 10, P6 at Lasswade Primary School, Bonnyrigg. Both pupils received certificates and a £25 high street voucher on Friday.

Councillor Derek Rosie, cabinet member with responsibility for school travel, said: “We received some great poster designs which made it hard to choose a winner but both Leon and Jessica’s design were eye catching and easy to understand. The posters will now be put up in schools around Midlothian.”

Craig Bowman, senior communications manager, Network Rail, said:  “Making sure people are aware of the potential hazards that could be encountered while construction of the railway is underway is just as important as people understanding the dangers of living nearby an operational railway line. We commend both Leon and Jessica on their poster designs and hope they act as a useful reminder for communities near the railway.”

The community rail fund aims to benefit local charities and community organisations across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

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