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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.

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.

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
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