Pedestrian and traffic changes take effect in Galashiels and Tweedbank

This month (July), construction work on the new Borders Railway will move into full swing in the Galashiels and Tweedbank area, resulting in permanent pedestrian and traffic changes at Plumtreehall Brae and the Black Path.

Plumtreehall Brae will be closed to through traffic with access limited to residents and pedestrians only, while two sections of the Black Path will be closed to pedestrians. The closure of both routes will begin on 15th July.

The closure of Plumtreehall Brae to through-traffic was indicated as part of the Waverley Railway Act 2006. The old bridge over the railway in this location is not high enough to accommodate the new railway. The bridge will be demolished and replaced with a footbridge. Alternative routes will be available for traffic currently using the Brae, such as via Bridge Place and Ladhope Vale, which have two-way traffic flows.

The Black Path from Glenfield Road to Winston Road, Galashiels, closes to make way for major excavation work to take place as part of the construction of the railway. During the closure, sections to the west of Glenfield Road and to the east of Winston Road over the Redbridge viaduct (between Langlee and Tweedbank) will remain open to cyclists and walkers.  Some essential crossing points over the railway route will also remain open throughout the works.

The Black Path will also be closed in the vicinity of Tweedbank Station to allow for the construction of an access road into the station sites. An alternative walking route is available on Tweedbank Drive.

Alternative routes will be advertised locally, as well as being posted on the Borders Railway website. Residents will be kept informed of further developments as construction work progresses in the area.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail Project Director for the Borders Railway project said:

“The Borders Railway construction programme has now reached Galashiels and Tweedbank and these closures provide us with the required accesses to allow us to help make the railway a reality. We are working with the local council to identify alternative routes where possible. The closure of Plumtreehall Brae to traffic will create a safer and more attractive route for pedestrians and for local residents once the new footbridge is constructed.

“We thank residents and the local community for their continued patience while these works get underway.”

Members of the public who wish further information can contact the Borders Railway team on 0845 604 4146, or email info@bordersrailway.co.uk. You can also follow progress on Twitter via @BordersRailway.