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Concerns over Midlothian road damage caused by Borders Railway trucks

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, visited the B6367 road which has suffered severe erosion due to heavy vehicles

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, visited the B6367 road which has suffered severe erosion due to heavy vehicles

Midlothian MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) is calling for reassurances over damage to local roads caused by trucks working on the Borders Railway.

One example is the B6367 near North Middleton, which is under constant use as part of work re-building the Waverley Line. The damage can be seen at either side of the narrow road as large vehicles have driven near the verge to pass each other.

Mr Beattie said: “Quite clearly the erosion is extensive. I have been working with BAM, Network Rail and the Scottish Government to establish where the funding will come from to fix these roads, and to seek reassurances that local people will not have to suffer any longer than absolutely necessary.”

Network Rail said a one-way system had been implemented to reduce the erosion, adding: “We have been liaising regularly with the local authorities and Police Scotland to address any immediate safety concerns and have provided temporary fixes where required.

“We are in continued discussions with Midlothian Council regarding the long term solution regarding road repairs once the bulk of railway works are completed.”

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