STOW PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS WELCOME RAIL INSTALLATION

Stow Station Picture

Credit: Charlie Erven

Pupils from Stow Primary School in the Borders got a close up view of Borders Railway rails being installed from one of the newly constructed platforms at Stow Station yesterday (24 Nov).

Stow is one of seven new stations being built as part of the Borders Railway project and is adjacent to the local primary school. As such, since construction began the pupils have had a front seat in tracking the progress ahead of trains returning to the Scottish Borders for the first time in over 45 years.

Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director said: “It was great to see the excitement of the children as the rail installation team passed through Stow. They have been following the progress of the project very carefully and have seen the station take shape on their doorstep. We have worked closely with the school and the wider community to underline the safety messages of living near a railway as well as the new opportunities the railway will bring when it opens next September.”

The Borders Railway rail installation team is now continuing its progress down the 30 mile route of the railway and is set to reach Tweedbank before Christmas.

Once the rail is in place, the railway will be used to transport engineering vehicles. The first vehicles to use the railway are specialist trains involved in completing the track laying process, installing ballast and undertaking ‘tamping’, packing the ballast under the rail and sleepers.

Progress at the station itself is going to plan. It will have two platforms with sheltered waiting areas, free parking for approximately 28 cars, cycle storage facilities for approximately eight bikes and 24 hour CCTV.