More than 1200 residents attend Borders Railway community drop-ins

Network Rail’s community drop-ins across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders this winter received an overwhelming response, with more than 1,200 local residents attending.

The community drop-ins were set-up to provide residents with more information about the construction of forthcoming Borders Railway.

Network Rail officially took responsibility for the delivery of the Borders Railway project from the Scottish Government on Tuesday 6th November. Advanced works are already underway and construction work will begin in early 2013. 

Residents will begin to see equipment deployed along the Borders Railway route and increased traffic early next year as construction of the railway begins.

Ahead of the construction programme starting, Network Rail and its project partners wanted to give people along the route the opportunity to view project plans and speak to members of the delivery team. Attendees were given the opportunity to view proposed route maps and ask any questions they may have had regarding the new railway.

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager, Network Rail, said:

“We have been surprised and delighted with the level of response we have received for our community drop-ins. In the main, people have been very supportive of the project. There have been some understandable concerns raised about the impact of construction of people’s properties and journeys and we’re committed to keeping this disruption to a minimum as much as possible.”

“The purpose of these drop-in meetings was to help local people understand more about the project and what will be involved in the construction process and I believe we have gone some way to achieving this.

“For us, this is just the start of the process. We’ve had hundreds of written, face to face and telephone queries and comments already and we’ll spend the next few weeks analysing and responding where possible. We plan to run another series of drop-ins later next year once the detailed designs are available.