New Fountainhall site office central to Borders Railway
Fountainhall has become a new central hub for the Borders Railway project as 70 members of the project team moved into a new site office this week, with numbers set to peak at 185 during the works.
The office will play a key role in providing a base for staff charged with delivering the longest section of the new line between Catcune Farm and Bowland Estate, stretching approximately 20 miles, before the project is completed in 2015. The Fountainhall office will operate in conjunction with the main project HQ in Newtongrange and with the south section office in Galashiels, opened earlier this year.
The site was officially opened on Monday (24 June) by Simon Walton and Tom Curry from the Campaign for Borders Railway (CBR), an organisation which has acted as a long-standing promoter and supporter of the project.
Hugh Wark, Network Rail Project Director for the Borders Railway project, said:
“The opening of the central office marks another exciting step forward prior to delivering some of the key earth works and road enhancements in the Central section later this summer.
“As with other key points across the expanse of the new line, our presence in the area will allow for an intimate understanding of the construction challenges ahead of us and encourage the local community to develop closer communication with the construction team. This is especially important given the rural setting of this crucial section of the railway.
“We were particularly pleased to speak to members of the community at a Fountainhall drop-in on the same day as we opened the office.”
In building the new site, Network Rail has also taken into account the rural setting of the compound. With this in mind, all lights within the construction compound are specifically designed to reduce light pollution. The office water supply and waste management has also been specifically designed to minimise the impact on the village supply and prevent pollution of the Gala Water.
Simon Walton, Chairman of the Campaign for Borders Railway, said:
“We’ve never doubted the scale of the Borders Railway Project, but the Fountainhall base is possibly the best example of the zeal with which Network Rail and their contractors BAM have tackled the challenge. It was our privilege to be asked to open the site, and strengthen the Campaign’s commitment to cooperating in seeing the best possible railway for the Borders by 2015.”