Project Update - March 2014
Work on the Borders Railway project has continued to intensify, with structures work particularly noticeable. With the countdown now on until track-laying begins, the team has been working tirelessly to get the route ready.
Steel fixers reinforce the steel girders on Currie Road Bridge in Galashiels
In the north, a section of the A6106 between Millerhill and the Sheriffhall roundabout closed on 3 March so it can be realigned to run parallel to the new railway. To help relieve traffic pressure, the project team has provided an alternative route via Shawfair. The realigned A6106 will open again in the autumn. Read more about the changes here.
There have been two successful weekends of work on the new rail bridge which crosses Hardengreen roundabout. The first weekend saw the team lift the concrete bridge beams into place and the second weekend saw them complete the installation of the bridge deck. You can watch the time-lapse footage of the bridge beam lift here.
From April, the team will transfer the A720 city bypass from its temporary alignment back to the original alignment over the newly constructed railway bridge.
In the central section, the construction of the new road bridge crossing the railway at the village of Heriot, joining the B709 to the A7, continues. The connection of the new road to the A7 will require the A7 to be widened and realigned. Traffic management and phased changes will take place until late May.
With the revised plans for Falahill now approved, the construction schedule is now being developed. To deliver the new bridge at this location, a temporary road to the east of the current A7 alignment is required. Follow the Borders Railway twitter feed @BordersRailway and follow our latest news for updates on the A7.
Meanwhile, the south section has been focussing on the Galashiels and Tweedbank areas. On 17 February the Redbridge Viaduct was temporarily closed for eight weeks to allow the team to re-surface and waterproof the bridge deck as well as carrying out utility works and masonry repairs.
Railway bridges over Wheatlands Road, Gala Water and Currie Road are also underway. After significant work on installing and re-routing utilities, the team is also now in a position to begin to rebuild the Winston Road bridge as well as demolishing the existing bridge at Plumtreehall Brae and installing a new footbridge.
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