Road restrictions in Galashiels required as installation of Plumtreehall Brae Bridge begins

Network Rail and BAM will be installing a new bridge on Plumtreehall Brae as part of the Borders Railway project this weekend.  As a result, King Street will be closed from Friday 30 May to Monday 02 June, so that a large crane can lift the bridge into place.

During the works, motorists will be diverted via Windyknowes Road and Hall Street, while pedestrian and local access will be maintained.

The works will see a 500 tonne crane lift the 30 tonne bridge into place.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “The installation of the bridge follows the recent installation of bridges in Wheatlands Road and Currie Road and marks another crucial part of the jigsaw in helping to bring the Borders Railway to life in Galashiels.

“With major works of this kind, some disruption is to be expected and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused to residents and local businesses while we crane the bridge into place.

“Once the bridge lift has taken place, we will be able to return to working on the bridge without impacting on the local road network. We thank the local community for their patience during this time.”

Stuart Mackay, communications manager for BAM, said: “We are in a very exciting stage of the project and the railway is taking shape before our eyes. While every effort has been made to complete the structure without impacting on local roads, this work is necessary.”

During this period of peak construction in Galashiels, Network Rail and BAM are working closely with Scottish Borders Council to minimise disruption for residents and businesses.  The council have created a new page on their website to inform local residents about road works in the town: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/galaroadworks   

Should anyone wish to contact the project about these works please email via info@bordersrailway.co.uk or call on 0845 604 4146.