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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


Children using drama to learn railway safety

Network Rail have found a novel way to teach children about rail safety.

Children from Langlee Primary in Galashiels have been using somewhat unusual methods to learn about the dangers of playing on rail tracks, using music and dance to get the message across.

"The message has been absolutely brilliant, they have made it really clear for the children because it has all been done through drama and, obviously different kinds of movement.

It is sort of imbedding it in the learning. They are just so excited but they know the message know which is so vital."

– Marion Romeril, Teacher Langlee Primary School

While work on the £350million project is continuing this scheme will reach out to other children in the area.

So far one and a half thousand children from fifteen different primary schools have had a session like this one, in the hope of reducing unnecessary casualties.

"Sadly people die on the railway every year from trespass related accidents and that is something we want to try and address from, even before we start running trains on the route, on the Borders Railway line."

– Craig Bowman, Network Rail

The line is expected to open in the autumn of next year, and the people behind this scheme hope the children will continue to remember what they have learned.

Disabled access granted to Penrith Station

A government decision to improve disabled access at Penrith Station has been welcomed by a national rail network.

It will be one of 42 stations across the UK to benefit from part of a one hundred million pound investment from the scheme 'Access for All'.

The Cumbrian station is the last on the Virgin Trains network where wheelchair users have to cross the rail track to access other platforms.

Major investment at Penrith Station will improve access

Penrith Railway Station is one of 42 stations in England, Scotland and Wales to receive a share of a £100 million investment.

Lifts will be installed improve access for disabled passengers as part of the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme.

It's a decision welcomed by Virgin Trains, who made a joint application with Network Rail to the Department for Transport.

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, who has long campaigned for improved access at the station, supported the bid.


Step-free access at Carlisle Railway Station now open

New access to platforms at Carlisle Railway Station for people with mobility issues, luggage and prams, was officially opened by the city's Mayor this morning.

The money for the improvements has come from the Department for Transport.

Ben Herbert from Network Rail explains the importance of step-free access:

£1.8 million access facility is officially open

Official opening of £1.8 million facility to improve access Credit: ITV Border

£1.8 million access improvements at Carlisle Railway Station are officially opened.

A disused subway has been brought back into use thanks to two new lifts.

Around two million people use Carlisle train station every year and now everyone should have better access around the station.

The scheme has been funded by the Department for Transport.

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