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Works begins to build Galashiels Train Station

Work has begun in Galashiels to build the town's train station.

It's the next phase of the £300 million Waverley Line project, connecting the Borders with Edinburgh by rail.

Ladhope Vale is temporarily one-way Credit: ITV Border
Work is underway to remove the stone wall along the A7 Credit: ITV Border

It means there are disruptions to roads in the town, as work begins to remove a wall along Ladhope Vale. The road will return to a one-way system like it was in the past, and the diversion will take traffic through the town centre.

Traffic Modelling software was used to identify the least disruptive system as the work is completed.

Cars are being diverted through the town centre Credit: ITV Border

"We have had no complaints that I am aware of, I think people have been well advised, I think the system has been well enough sign-posted, people are familiar with the old system, so I have no reason to believe that it should cause too many complications, having said that, we have people on hand to advise people if there are problems."

– Councillor John Mitchell, Scottish Borders Council


Jefferies to return to managerial roots

Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies (right) Credit: Kirk O'Rourke/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies will return to his managerial roots as his side travel to the Scottish Borders on Thursday.

The 63-year-old's team face Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale at 7pm.

Jefferies was Gala boss in the 1980s before taking over at Berwick Rangers. He then went onto manage Hearts, Bradford City and Kilmarnock.

One-way system will be 'familiar to road users'

Road diversions are to be put in place in Galashiels town centre as work begins on a new railway station.

A temporary one-way system will be put in place from 27 July to 5 December along Ladhope Vale, Bridge Place and the junction of Stirling Street.

The work being carries out is part of the Borders Railway project.

“To allow us to carry out these works safely, we need to put in place an adequate exclusion zone and that requires implementing restrictions on traffic and pedestrians using the north side of Ladhope Vale.

“The temporary one-way system we are putting in place has been agreed with Scottish Borders Council and will be familiar to road users in Gala. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that these changes will cause and thank road users for their continued patience while we look to complete the construction of the railway by next summer.”

– Hugh Wark, Network Rail

One-way system in Galashiels as train station is built

A temporary one-way system is to be put in place in Galashiels town centre as construction work begins on a new train station at Ladhope Vale.

The work will take place between 27 July and 5 December as part of the Borders Railway construction.

Ladhope Vale, Bridge Place and the junction of Stirling Street will be added to the existing one-way system to maintain the flow of traffic.


Men at work: Border's Men's Shed officially opens

The 'shedders' with Councillor John Mitchell, who officially opened the shed Credit: Volunteer Centre Borders

One of the first Men's Sheds will open today at Langlee, Galashiels.

Local organisations, plus friends and family of the 'shedders' gathered at the former Borders Production Unit building near Langlee Community Centre to officially open the Shed.

The Shed is a communal workshop with tools and work benches. It will be a social area for local men who can pursue their hobbies and work on joint projects together.

Lifestyle activities, such as cooking classes and trips to games clubs will also run.

The Men's Shed movement started in Australia 13 years ago and has since been establish in New Zealand and the UK.

The Galashiels Men’s Shed is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4pm.

It was set up with help from staff at Volunteer Centre Borders and NHS Borders Healthy Living Network.

Braw Lads Gathering: Your views

People took to Twitter to share their congratulations and enjoyment of the annual Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels:

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