Safety on the A7 was the overriding focus of a meeting at Falahill earlier this week between local MP Michael Moore and key organisations in the construction of the Borders railway.
Mr Moore convened the meeting at one of the busiest construction points and was joined by the Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Scottish Borders Council, the Network Rail Project Director, the Head of the Construction team at Contractor BAM and the local police inspector for the area.
“I have been contacted by numerous people about the state of the A7. This meeting with the most senior decision makers involved in the construction and monitoring of the railway saw all present make a commitment to safety above all else. Over the course of the meeting, we had an extended discussion about the issues of white line visibility, signage and traffic management. All present stressed that the liaison between Network Rail, the contractors BAM, and Scottish Borders Council, will be closer and more regular and road safety will be of paramount importance”.
Transport minister Keith Brown met the new drivers at the 166-year-old Lothianbridge viaduct in Midlothian.
"This month marks one year since Network Rail took over the construction of the Borders railway and there is now activity along the entire length of the 30-mile route and at the stations being constructed.
"The people of the Borders are really seeing their railway take shape and I'm delighted to now be able to introduce to them the drivers who will take charge of those services carrying them to new jobs, bringing new investment opportunities to their towns and countless other benefits.
"The people of the Borders and Midlothian will reap the immediate benefits of this project, but the Scottish population as a whole will also see the rewards.
"These recruits are undertaking an intensive training regime and I am honoured that they could make the time to come along and help us celebrate the continued progress of this exciting project."