Start of excavation works at Shawfair station marks major project milestone

Midlothian Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for economic development, helped the Borders Railway project team mark a major milestone on 18 July, as he joined the project team in Shawfair as station excavation works got underway. Shawfair will be the most northerly new station on the new line running from Edinburgh Waverley.

Councillor Bryant’s visit comes three months on from the start of earth works, during which time almost 500,000 tonnes of spoil has been excavated. Shawfair station will sit within a newly formed railway cutting near the site of the former Monktonhall colliery

As well as providing approximately 59 car parking spaces, the new station, sitting at the heart of the new town of Shawfair, which is planned for the south-east of Edinburgh, will provide future residents with quick and direct access to the centre of Edinburgh, as well as the Scottish Borders. It will also be supplemented with a new bus interchange, and a path and cycle network which will be delivered by Midlothian Council.

A 24 hour customer help point system on the platform, sheltered waiting areas and cycle storage facilities will also be available to passengers.

It is expected that almost 4,000 new dwellings will be built in the next 25 years at Shawfair, with the first phases of housing development due to start in 2014.

Councillor Jim Bryant said:

“The Borders Rail Project will bring real benefits to the people of Midlothian. With four new stations, including this one at Shawfair, it will provide great social, cultural, leisure and economic opportunities and encourage inward investment. I’m delighted to see the start of this work at Shawfair today and we’re really looking forward to seeing that first train pull in at the station.”

Hugh Wark, Project Director for the Borders Railway, said:

“The start of excavation work at the site of Shawfair Station is another exciting step towards delivering seven new stations to communities across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.  Shawfair Station will provide modern facilities and excellent transport connections to the local area and beyond.”

Additional new stations being built along the route include: Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.