Project Update - July
With under one year to go until construction work on the Borders Railway is completed, the project team’s attention is now turning towards station construction and railway systems.
Platforms are already making significant progress at Shawfair and Eskbank and there will be plenty of work evident in Gorebridge in the coming weeks.
In Gala, the project has been working with Scottish Borders Council to develop a one way system which will allow us to construct Galashiels station in the narrow corridor at Ladhopevale. Work begins there at the end of July.
All along the 30 mile route, the railway is becoming increasingly evident, with new bridges and the railway corridor clearly defined. The missing ingredients are the track and other railway infrastructure. This month has seen the start of the roll out of rail systems, with sleepers being positioned in key locations up and down the route.
The focus for the whole team is on October, when the track laying machine starts to roll from north to south. All rail bridges and track bed preparations are programmed to be completed by the time the track laying begins.
In the central section of the route, the Heriot Access Road has now opened, with the new Fountainhall access road expected to be open in the next few weeks.
In the south, pedestrian access to Redbridge has been restored although short term closures will still be required. Currie Road has also now re-opened to traffic.
With school pupils now on holiday, it is important to emphasise that constructions sites are dangerous places and are strictly off limits to anyone who isn’t part of the team. In recent months, thousands of school pupils in Midlothian and the Borders completed our railway safety workshops with the Scottish Youth Theatre and participated in the ‘Bridges to Schools’ engineering workshops project led by BAM.
Finally, thanks to the hundreds of people who have come to speak to the team at galas and events along the route this summer. We’ve still got a few events left, including the Borders Union Show, so if you spot us come and say hello.