WINSTON ROAD REOPENS WITH NEW BRIDGE

Winston Road in Galashiels has re-opened after being shut last year for essential works on the construction of the Borders Railway.  One lane will open initially with temporary traffic lights in place to manage traffic for a few weeks while the road surfacing is completed.

The full road closure was required so that the project team could excavate tonnes of material which has lain under Winston Road for over 40 years. This allowed the railway bed to be constructed at the right level and for a new road bridge to be built over the railway.

Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail, explains: “This has been a challenging piece of engineering which is why Winston Road was closed for more than a year.  There were a significant number of local utilities which converge at Winston Road.  These utilities required temporary diversions and reconnection through the new bridge structure. Overhead cables above the structure also restricted the construction techniques available to the project.

“We are very grateful to the local community for their patience as we completed this complex series of works.”

In December, residents of Galashiels will see rails being laid through the town, and under the new Winston Road bridge.