Full steam ahead for Borders Railway

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

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Borders Rail installation begins

Work to build the Borders Railway has entered its most important stage, as track laying gets underway.

30 miles of track will be put down from Edinburgh to Tweedbank over the next two weeks.

The rail installation works were officially launched near Edinburgh this morning.

Jenny Longden was there.

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.

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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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