Project Update - April

The construction of the Borders Railway is in its final stages with just six weeks to go until completion. ScotRail will then begin driver training ahead of passenger services getting underway on 6 September. The timetable for the new service is now available here and tickets will be available to purchase in June.

As we near the completion, a focus for the team is a final programme of earthworks. This will see movement of spoil between Ferniehurst (south of Stow) and Falahill where it will be incorporated into the new landscape development. This will involve a significant number of lorry movements over a six week period, using a route through Stow and along the A7. Lorry movements will be closely monitored and we apologise in advance for any delays caused to journeys.

The stressing, testing, welding and stabilisation of the rails to create a continuous line is ongoing. This is set to be completed within the next few weeks.

Work is progressing well at all of the new stations with platforms and amenities such as car parks now taking recognisable shape. At Stow, some minor renovations are required on the station building that looks out onto the platform.

Additionally, as Galashiels station nears completion working hours have been extended and some off-peak lane closures on Ladhope Vale are being used for the safety of workers and the public.

April also saw the last bridge lifted into place at Harelaw. The new footbridge crossing the railway connects Newton Village to the new station at Shawfair. The team has now refurbished a total of 95 bridges and constructed 42 new bridges along the railway.

Meanwhile, the newly rebuilt section of the A6106 between Millerhill and the Sheriffhall roundabout opened to traffic marking the completion of all major road improvements related to the railway. It reconnects Sheriffhall roundabout with the new roundabout between Millerhill and Newton Village. The A6106 required rebuilding as it previously cut across the route of the new railway.

Keep up to date via our news pages and if you would like more information, please contact us at: info@bordersrailway.co.uk. Keep following @BordersRailway on Twitter to see our forthcoming picture series which will show the progress of station construction.