Reminder: Weekend road closure required for Borders Railway bridge installation

Motorists are reminded that that the Borders Railway project will begin the installation of the longest new bridge at Hardengreen roundabout near Eskbank this weekend. The works mark one of the project’s most significant construction milestones to date. 

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Works will get underway to crane the two-span bridge into place from 10pm Friday (14th Feb) to 6am Monday (17th Feb) and will see the closure of Hardengreen roundabout, the A7 and local roads.

Phase two of works will see the installation of the bridge completed across the weekend of 28th February– 3rd March 2014. The same closures will be in place.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “Motorists are reminded that this weekend marks the beginning of the installation of the project’s longest new structure to be built from scratch.

“A number of closures, diversions and restrictions will be in place and we advise the travelling public to plan their journeys in advance whenever possible. We apologise for the inconvenience while we carry out these works but we are doing all that we can to try to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.”

The local diversions that will be in place are:

  • Motorists coming to and from the Edinburgh City By-Pass, A720 are advised to use the A68 instead of the A7
  • HGVs travelling north and south should use the A68 rather than the A7
  • Midlothian motorists travelling north on the A7 should follow diversion signs for B704 along Cockpen Road
  • Motorists travelling towards Edinburgh from Newtongrange will be diverted along the B6482
  • Motorists using the B6392 (Dalhousie Rd) and B703 ( Newbattle Rd) are asked to follow the local diversion via A6094 (Eskbank Road) or B6392 (Melville Rd)
  • Only local access will be permitted on A7, South of Hardengreen -Roundabout to Dalhousie Mains cottages and local businesses.

Parking restrictions will also be in place for the duration of the weekend closures to allow for the moving of materials on the A6094 across Bonnyrigg Road, Eskbank Road and Lothian Street and along the B704 across Dundas Street and Cockpen Road.

As a result of the road closures around the perimeter of the works and in the interest of health and safety, members of the public will not be able to watch the works but are encouraged to keep up to date with progress via the project’s Twitter feed (@BordersRailway).

The planned works are weather dependent. Please ensure you check the Borders Railway website and Twitter page for up to date details: www.bordersrailway.co.uk / @BordersRailway