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Borders Railway reaches end of line

Cabinet secretary Keith Brown (centre) celebrates the completion of the Borders Railway Credit: ITV Border

The £350 million Borders Railway has been completed with the final section of track laid this morning.

Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown arrived at Tweedbank Station by train before clipping the final piece of track into place.

Work to lay the track began in October and the line will open to passengers between Edinburgh and the Borders on September 6 2015.

A train at the end of the new Borders Railway line at Tweedbank Credit: ITV Border

Completion of Borders Railway officially marked

The completion of track laying will be made official today Credit: ITV Border

The completion of track laying at the Borders Railway will be officially marked today.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown will join workers and will clip the final length of track into place at Tweedbank Station.

Workers celebrating finishing the Borders Railway Credit: ITV Border

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PICTURES: Border Railway track complete

The last bit of track has gone down on the Borders Railway.

Take a look at our photos of it happening.

The final piece of track being laid Credit: ITV border
Workers celebrating as they lay the final piece of track Credit: ITV border
The track is complete! Credit: ITV Border
Workers pose for a photograph to mark a job well done Credit: ITV Border

Pictures: First train in Galashiels

The first train reaching Galashiels in over forty years Credit: ITV Border

The first train in over forty years arrived in Galashiels as the Borders Railway line reached the centre of the town.

The track being built Credit: ITV Border

Construction will continue over the next few months until the line reaches Tweedbank, where it will end.

Workers on the line in Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

It is is due to open on September 6

Borders Railway reaches Galashiels

Track laying on the new Borders Railway line has reached the centre of Galashiels Credit: ITV Border

More than forty years after services on the Waverley Line ended, the first train has returned to Galashiels.

Track laying on the new Borders Railway line has reached the centre of the town.

The line, which will eventually end at Tweedbank, is due to open on September 6.

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Businesses to hear of Borders Railway benefits

The Borders Railway will open in September. Credit: ITV Border

Businesses have been invited to a meeting to hear about the potential economic benefits of the new Borders Railway.

The meeting takes place in Galashiels today, and it's being held by Abellio, the company that will operate the railway when it opens in September.

Work restarts on Borders Railway

Work has restarted on the final phase of the Borders Railway following a break over Christmas and New Year.

It will see the last five miles of the route completed, with about 34 miles of the track already laid.

Work has now resumed on the railway Credit: Borders Railway

The completion of the track should see a reduction in the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles on roads in the area:

“Once the rail is fully installed much of the construction support deliveries will be able to be taken off the roads and delivered directly down the route by rail.

"This means that residents and road users should see the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles and plant machinery on the roads reduced in the coming months."

– Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail

The line is expected be fully operational in eight months time.

Serious injury to Borders Railway worker

Work has now resumed on the railway Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Work has resumed on the £353 million Borders Railway, after a serious injury to a worker last Tuesday.

The 49-year-old man from Irvine, in Ayrshire, was unloading concrete railway sleepers when he was struck on the leg.

He was transferred from Borders General Hospital to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for emergency surgery following the accident.

Work on the site at Galashiels was suspended while investigations took place, but resumed on Monday.

The accident is not expected to delay the overall construction of the railway, which is due to open to passengers in September next year.

"In terms of impact on the overall programme, it will be negligible.

We are working closely with our main contractor BAM to support our colleague and his family.

The incident is currently under investigation and it would be inappropriate for Network Rail to comment on the circumstances of the incident further at this time. The project team took the voluntary decision to stand the site down for the remainder of the week to allow a full investigation and review to take place. However, our teams returned to work on Monday."

– Spokesman, Network Rail

First Minister to make Borders rail announcement

The First Minister will be in the Scottish Borders. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond is visiting the Scottish Borders today.

He'll be in Melrose to talk about the benefits the new Borders Railway will bring to the region.

The outgoing First Minister will be replaced by Nicola Sturgeon later this week.

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