A two-week closure of the Redbridge Viaduct started today (Tues 2 Dec) to allow for additional improvements to be made ahead of the new Borders Railway opening next year.

The work scheduled in this location will include the surfacing of the footpath and associated street lighting works, undertaken in partnership with Scottish Borders Council and the installation of line side fencing by the project’s main contractor, BAM. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to use the alternative route via Galafoot Bridge while these works are completed.

The activity follows a series of structural repairs which were carried out on the Victorian structure earlier this year.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for Borders Railway, said: “The Redbridge Viaduct will act as a vital link for the new railway to carry the footpath and railway over the River Tweed. Whilst the major structural activity for the viaduct has been completed, this additional work will prepare the bridge for the arrival of track laying machinery.

“We thank residents for their patience during this time.”

Local notices have been posted in advance of these works taking place.