PROJECT UPDATE - JANUARY

In late January, the 500th pair of rails were laid in the Scottish Borders as rail installation heads towards Galashiels and its final stop, Tweedbank. 

The rail installation team are now set to travel through Galashiels in the next few days and complete rail installation in February. Various engineering trains will then complete the process of laying the track.

Winter has created some difficult conditions, but work has continued unabated across our sites and the team are making good progress. If you want to read more about track laying as we reach this crucial stage in the project read our guide here.

In addition to track laying, the team is focussed on civil engineering works to complete the railway’s new stations and associated infrastructure surrounding the track such as fencing, retaining walls and footbridges. Later in the spring, landscaping will be undertaken in areas adjacent to the line before train testing commences in the summer.

Every new station along the route now has a platform in place, with the island platform at Tweedbank now ready to receive the rail installation machine. The team have been working on public access to the stations as well as on the car parks. Car park surfaces at Shawfair and Gorebridge are now in place, with Eskbank not far behind.

As rail installation heads towards the end of the route, intensive construction has taken place in the south section. Galashiels is a hub of activity, particularly around the station, as works continue along the tight railway corridor. At the end of January, the temporary one-way system in Galashiels was lifted after the construction of the retaining wall alongside the railway. We would like to thank local businesses and residents for their patience.

Further down the line, Winston Road bridge – including the footpath and cycle path – has fully reopened to the public after the bridge was reconstructed for the railway.  Close to Winston Road, one of the last footbridges to be installed connecting Langlee and Dale Street, is set to be put in place later in the spring.  The vast majority of footbridges are now in place; however, until all works are completed and they are deemed safe to use, not all footbridges are currently accessible to the public. For those wishing to cross the railway, please follow diversion notices.   

Towards Tweedbank, the Redbridge Viaduct will re-open this week after additional elements of work were undertaken, including the reinstatement of the Black Path connecting Tweedbank and Langlee. Work to repair and strengthen the bridge has included structural reinforcement, masonry repairs, waterproofing and resurfacing. Short closures for final inspections ahead of the rail installation over the bridge may be required and will be signposted. 

Keep up to date with track laying and the latest news through our Twitter page @BordersRailway or if you would like more information, please contact us at info@bordersrailway.co.uk.