RAIL INSTALLATION PROGRESS UPDATE

The commencement of rail installation on the Borders Railway marked a significant step in the project and has attracted a huge level of interest both near and far.

Rail installation started on 06 October 2014 and is now over 75% complete.

The rail has been laid through Midlothian, crossing into the Scottish Borders region on 05 November. 

Currently sitting at Ferniehurst, just south of Stow, the project implemented a voluntary stand down last month when a member of staff was seriously injured whilst off-loading sleepers.  Additional procedures have been put in place and work on the project has resumed. 

The rail installation process will begin again in the New Year (w/c 12 January 2015).  This will allow the team to fully prepare the bottom ballast and lay the sleepers in advance of the rail installation machine, giving it a clear run through to Tweedbank.

For those still wanting to catch a glimpse of the rail installation machine at work, the machine will begin operating again w/c 12 January, passing through the Bowshank and Torwoodlee tunnels before progressing to Galashiels.  Once through Galashiels, and barring heavy snow, the rail is due to arrive in Tweedbank in early February 2015.

The revised timescale for completing the rail installation phase will not impact the overall project deadline. Construction work is still on time to be completed in June 2015. Passenger services will operate on the line from 06 September 2015.