Project Update - June

One of the biggest physical barriers to returning trains to Midlothian and the Scottish Borders has always been the A720 (city bypass). On Sunday 8 June 2014, this significant obstacle was finally overcome, with the full commissioning of the road bridge carrying the dual carriageway over the railway.

Since September 2013, a temporary dual carriageway adjacent to the existing Edinburgh City Bypass has been in place. Underneath the bypass, the rail bridge has now been successfully constructed and the team has returned the A720 back to its former alignment.

Bypass1

This complex procedure involved off-peak overnight lane closures on the A720 over two weekends at the start of June. 

Work along the A7 is continuing to move at a fast pace with the new road bridge at Heriot nearing completion and expected to be opened during July.

Heriot (1)

There has also been progress made at Fountainhall, where work to realign the road is also nearing completion.

At Falahill, work to shift the road slightly to the west of its current alignment, in order to allow more space between the cottages and road, is well underway.

There has been a concentration of activity been focused on Galashiels and Tweedbank over recent weeks. Following on from the successful installation of the new rail bridge above Wheatlands Road, the project has quickly moved onto other vital pieces of work.

The new bridge on Plumtreehall Brae has also been installed. The 30 tonne bridge was lifted into place as a single structure by a 500 tonne crane. The team is able to work on completing the bridge without impacting on the local road network.

The installation of the bridge follows the recent work at Currie Road and Redbridge. It is expected that the current pace of works in Galashiels is set to continue until autumn 2014. Please visit the website for further details about progress in these areas.

Website

The Borders Railway website has been refreshed. It contains all the information from the original site, including maps, plans, images and all the latest news.

There are also new features on the site, including a video section. New material includes aerial footage of key parts of construction along the full length of the line and a traffic ticker to keep you up to date on how works could affect you.