Spotlight on Shawfair – A new station for a new town
The Borders Railway Project has begun work building the first new station along the route, with platform foundations now visible at Shawfair.
The new station will have bus links and easy access to Midlothian’s extensive path and cycle network. It will have two platforms with sheltered areas for passengers, car parking for up to 59 vehicles and cycle storage for up to ten bikes.
Shawfair station will support a large community in the area. Along with the nearby villages of Danderhall, Newton, Millerhill and Harelaw, the station will serve 4,000 new homes as part of a £200 million development plan recently unveiled by Shawfair LLP. The new development will see the construction of two primary schools and a secondary school along with an estimated one million sq. ft of commercial and retail space available for businesses.
While work on the new town is expected to last 15 years, Shawfair station will be up and running in 2015 as one of seven new stations being built for the Borders Railway. Work in the Shawfair area is progressing well with mining remediation and utilities work already completed.
In April, a new access road to the Shawfair railway station which crosses the railway next to the old Monktonhall colliery site opened. The station will be served with half hourly services, with journey times of less that 15 minutes into Waverley.