REBUILT A6106 BETWEEN MILLERHILL & SHERIFFHALL OPENS
The newly rebuilt section of the A6106 between Millerhill and the Sheriffhall roundabout will open to traffic overnight tonight (Monday 30 March), marking the completion of all the major road improvements related to the introduction of the Borders Railway.
The new alignment of the A6106 sees it run parallel to the new railway. It reconnects Sheriffhall roundabout with the new roundabout between Millerhill and Newton Village, constructed as part of the road layout in the area, which was developed to allow the railway to run through the new town of Shawfair, its new station and park-and-ride facilities. The A6106 was rebuilt as it previously cut across the route of the new railway.
Prior to the closure of the A6106, an alternative access route was constructed by the Borders Railway project in the form of a new road and roundabout between Millerhill and the Old Dalkeith Road (A7).
Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “The route of the railway north of the Edinburgh City Bypass is entirely new, which meant that there were significant obstacles to overcome including this stretch of the A6106. The road has now been successfully rebuilt and realigned to make space for the new railway line and its route through Shawfair.
“The work in the area included additional mining remediation works that hadn’t been anticipated. The newly rebuilt and reopened A6106 compliments the new access road and roundabout that were built by the project team, resulting in enhanced road options in this area.
“We appreciate the patience of residents and road users while we undertook this important and challenging element of the project.”
The Borders Railway will open 30 miles of new passenger track with ten stops, including seven new stations, in September 2015. Find out more here: www.bordersrailway.co.uk.