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Borders Railway project vows to clean up its act

Loanhead businessman Lawrence Niven of Galashiels who travels up teh A7 to Loanhead everyday to work has been hit by a �100 fine for having a dirty number plate. The road that he uses has recently been used more by lorries as the Border Railway is being built.

Loanhead businessman Lawrence Niven of Galashiels who travels up teh A7 to Loanhead everyday to work has been hit by a �100 fine for having a dirty number plate. The road that he uses has recently been used more by lorries as the Border Railway is being built.

Network Rail have vowed to clean up, after a Loanhead businessman described them as “negligent” for spreading mud on Midlothian roads.

Company director Lawrence Niven criticised the company behind the £294 million Borders Railway project after police on the Edinburgh City Bypass fined him £100 for a dirty number plate as he drove to his daughter’s carol singing.

And Mr Niven is adamant about the source of the mud.

He said: “I think Network Rail and [contractors] BAM are negligent.

“It’s obvious where they are pulling quarried materials from, that is the source of the dirt and they are being negligent by allowing that not to be contained.”

Following a meeting set-up by Borders MP Michael Moore, with police, BAM and Network Rail, a spokesman stressed Network Rail’s commitment to cleaning the route.

He said: “We have a range of measures in place to tackle debris on the roads including 11 road sweepers, industrial brushes, wheel washers and site-based jet sprays for lorries.”

Read more on this in the December 26 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.

 

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