A temporary one-way system in Galashiels town centre to allow for the safe construction of the new railway station has been lifted in time for peak Christmas trade.

The traffic arrangements were required to allow the track formation to be developed, a new retaining wall to be built and the station platform to be installed. Remaining works will be required on Ladhope Vale between 5 and 26 January. The one way system will be reinstated during this time.

Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail, said: “The works carried out over the last five months have been vital in order to deliver a railway station for the people of Galashiels. We have also been able to carry out work to prepare the track bed ahead of the track laying process which will take place over the coming weeks.

“We’d like to thank local residents and businesses for their on-going patience and support whilst these works have been underway.”

The Borders Railway project team worked closely with Scottish Borders Council whilst the Ladhope Vale works were carried out. The system identified by the council ahead of works starting ensured that the least disruptive layout was utilised.

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, added: “The one way system operated well over the last five months and we thank the local community for being so supportive whilst these necessary works were carried out.

“We are all very excited about the rail installation team reaching Galashiels in a few weeks’ time. It’s safe to say that the countdown towards completion is well and truly on!”

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