Path closure extended due to additional structural works

The Borders Railway project has been required to extend a path closure over Redbridge viaduct to the east of Galashiels due to additional structural repairs identified during the recent refurbishment works.

The viaduct, which will carry the railway and a footpath over the River Tweed between Gala and Tweedbank, had been forecast to reopen at the end of April, however, the path will now be restored alongside the work site by 16 June this year.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for Borders Railway said:

"We estimated our original 8 week closure schedule based on early site investigations, however, as we have removed sections of the old bridge deck, it has become apparent that there is more structural work to complete than originally anticipated.

"The general condition of the parapets is poorer than expected and repair work which has been carried out over the decades has not been consistent. Uncommon design features within the structure have also required a redesign of the new bridge deck.

"We understand that pedestrians and cyclists wishing to travel between Gala and Tweedbank will be further inconvenienced by this extended closure and we apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause.

"We can assure path users that the revised technical solutions will help to protect this iconic structure over the Tweed to modern railway standards for years to come."

While access restrictions across the bridge have been extended, the project does not anticipate that the overall programme for the structure will be delayed. This work will not impact the project delivery timescales of summer 2015.
Public access across Redbridge viaduct is expected to be restored by 16 June 2014, however, shorter term closures will be required to accommodate safe working on the structure deck and finishing works.