PROJECT UPDATE - JULY (1)

Following two years of intensive construction, the Borders Railway will open to passengers in just two months’ time on Sunday 6th September.

The line remains a hub of activity until then.

Driver training got underway on 8th June and the line is now effectively a live railway.  Finishing works are continuing along the line and at the seven new stations.

From the very beginning, Network Rail, principal contractor BAM and numerous sub-contractors for the project focussed on restoring this well-loved railway line on time and within budget; over 1,100 men and women were employed on the project at its peak.

Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail explains: “The Borders Railway is moving ever closer to opening and, come 6th September, passengers will be able to make their inaugural journeys.

“Ahead of this date, driver training by train operator ScotRail continues apace. Trains are running at speeds of up to 90mph during this process, so we continue to encourage communities to be vigilant, especially with the school summer holidays underway.”