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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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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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