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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.


Borders Rail: past, present and future discussed

Work is been underway on the Borders Railway. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Campaign for Borders Rail has its annual general meeting today.

A wide range of speakers will talk about the past, present and future of the Borders Railway Project.

At a meeting tonight in Galashiels there will be a chance for people to put their questions to the speakers.

Longest domestic track in the UK for over 100 years.

Work has begun to lay track along the route of the new Borders Railway.

It's a major milestone for the project, which is still on track to be running by September next year. Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown joined Network Rail bosses to officially launch this important phase of the project this morning.


An 'historic day' for Borders Railway

Keith Brown near Edinburgh Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown says today is an historic day as track-laying officially gets underway near Edinburgh.

A state-of-the-art machine has been brought in to lay down the 30 mile track, which will take just over two weeks to complete.

The Borders Railway is expected to establish passenger rail services by September 2015.

"It is genuinely an historic day to see the track being laid for the first time in 40 years bringing the railway back to Midlothian and the Borders. It is a hugely exciting for local people, as this is the biggest domestic railway project in terms of length of rail in the UK for 100 years."

– Keith Brown

Borders Railway 'on track'

The first section of track-laying for Borders Railway Credit: ITV News Border

Work has begun to install almost 30 miles of rail on the Borders Railway as track-laying begins.

Transport Minister Keith Brown and Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, visited the site this morning.

By the end of the year almost 30 miles of track will have been installed. Credit: ITV News Border

Full steam ahead for Borders Railway

The laying of the tracks is the final phase Credit: ITV Border

The first tracks will be installed for the new Borders Railway today.

They'll be put down at Shawfair Station in Edinburgh, and the railway is expected to bring benefits to the south of Scotland.

The laying of the tracks marks the final phase of work on the longest domestic rail track to be built in the UK for more than 100 years.

By the end of the year almost 30 miles of track will have been installed.

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