Road restrictions in Galashiels required for construction of two new Borders Railway bridges

Network Rail and BAM will be building a new bridge on Wheatlands Road for the Borders Railway this weekend.  As a result, Wheatlands Road and the access to Wheatlands Mill will be closed from 07:00 on Friday 9 May to 23:59 on Monday 12 May so that a large crane can lift the bridge into place.

The project team appreciate the inconvenience caused to local businesses and residents by this activity and are working hard to minimise the disruption.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “The bridge at Wheatlands Road is a crucial part of the Borders Railway, allowing trains to travel into Galashiels and then on to Tweedbank.  While we have constructed the bulk of this new bridge without impacting traffic movements, the final lift will require an exclusion zone. We apologise for the inconvenience while we crane the bridge into place.”

The more complex construction of a bridge in the south of Galashiels will require the closure of Currie Road to vehicles from 19 May to 14 June.  Pedestrians will still be able to use Currie Road during this time via a new temporary footpath which will be constructed around the working area.

Stuart Mackay, communications manager for BAM, said: “The new bridge on Currie Road is a complex engineering task because of the angle of the bridge over the road, a bridge span of 40m, and the need to weld together multiple sections.  Vehicles will be able to use Glenfield Crescent and Melrose Road as a diversion and a temporary footpath will be available for pedestrians.”

During this period of peak construction in Galashiels, Network Rail and BAM are working closely with the 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.