Project Update - May

The Borders Railway has just marked one year of main construction works and, with the team’s hard work and the patience of local communities, a great deal has been achieved. Highlights include the on-time installation of major new bridges including Gore Glen and Hardengreen, the refurbishment of the Lothianbridge Viaduct and other historic Waverley Line structures, as well as the continuing environmental programme to protect wildlife species along the line, such as lamprey and soprano pipistrelle bats.

As construction continues, the team still have a range of unique and complex engineering challenges to complete before the railway can welcome passenger trains. This month has seen significant progress on new and refurbished bridges, the foundations of the new stations and the railway’s supporting infrastructure such as roads and utilities.

The new access road to the Shawfair Station opened in April this year. The opening of the new curved road bridge, which crosses the railway next to the old Monktonhall colliery site, was closely followed by the start of construction at Shawfair Station. Over the last few weeks, foundations have been built ready for pre-cast concrete units to be installed. A footpath and footbridge crossing the railway to the south of the station will link the new station to Newton Village.

Preparation work to move the A720 Edinburgh bypass back to its original alignment is nearing completion. The wing walls have been filled installed and waterproofing of the structure is now complete.

Once the original carriageway has been re-built over the railway, the traffic will be transferred back to the original alignment. This work will take place over several weekends. Detailed information will be publicised shortly on our twitter feed and news pages.

City Bypass

A720 City Bypass - Line of route looking south

The central team are making rapid progress to realign the A7 next to Falahill, which will provide additional room and a safer access route for residents of the nearby cottages. Reduced speed limits have been introduced in this section and will remain in place for safety reasons.

Our next community drop-in will take place in the central section of the railway in Stow in June. We will be distributing further information on the drop-in soon.

A peak period of work continues to operate in Galashiels. Wherever possible we keep disruption to roads and pathways to a minimum and we thank residents for their patience whilst we construct the railway through the town.

Over the course of this weekend (9-12 May), the team successfully installed a new railway bridge over Wheatlands Road. Click here to view the photos and find out more here.

Wheatlands Road

Installation of the maroon steel beams for the rail bridge over Wheatlands Road

The more complex railway bridge crossing at Currie Road will require the closure of Currie Road to vehicles from 19 May to 14 June. Vehicles will be able to use Glenfield Crescent and Melrose Road as a diversion and a temporary footpath around the worksite will be available for pedestrians. The project team is now turning to the next major milestone, with a pre-assembled road bridge being installed over Gala Water to reconnect Plumtreehall Brae.

The important strengthening and renovation of the Redbridge Viaduct between Tweedbank and Langlee has had to be extended due to the need for additional structural repairs. Work is expected to be completed in this location by the 16th June but additional short-term closures may be required in the future to undertake further works.

If you need to get in touch with the team please email us at info@bordersrailway.co.uk or by telephone on 0845 604 4146. To keep up with all the latest news follow @BordersRailway on twitter.