A bridge too far in Eskbank

Eskbank Station footbridge (goes over the cycleway behind Eskbank Trading), which is to be removed as part of the work for the new Borders Rail Line.
Eskbank Station footbridge (goes over the cycleway behind Eskbank Trading), which is to be removed as part of the work for the new Borders Rail Line.

Eskbank Station footbridge has been removed as part of the work for the new Borders Rail Line.

The footbridge was removed from its home by crane and transported for preservation at the Waverley Route Heritage Association’s site at Whitrope, home of the Border Union Railway. The bridge, at more than 15 metres in length and almost four metres wide, is a trussed steel lattice bridge, which adjoined the two platforms at the former Eskbank station.

Since closure of the Carlisle-Edinburgh “Waverley Route” in 1969, it has fallen into decline and was fenced off to prevent unauthorised access. A new lease of life is intended for the bridge, with volunteers from Waverley Route Heritage Association keen to start work on cleaning off decades of grime and rust and repainting the structure.

It is intended to be given a home on the Border Union Railway, which opened to passengers on July 1.

Transport Minister, Keith Brown, attended the removal of the bridge at Eskbank, seen as a major milestone in the project to reopen the line to Tweedbank.