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Landmark work on Borders Railway

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  • by By Kevin Quinn Kevin.quinn@jpress.co.uk @AdvKevin
 

The Borders Railway project has successfully installed its longest new bridge at Hardengreen roundabout, creating a new landmark for Midlothian.

Transport Minister, Keith Brown joined project directors from Network Rail and BAM to watch the bridge’s installation over the roundabout recently.

The structure, which will span 71.5 metres once completed, needed a 1,200 tonne crane to hoist the bridge’s four 107 tonne beams into place at the roundabout between Eskbank and Newtongrange

Mr Brown said: “It is incredibly exciting to see the longest new bridge of the Borders Railway being lifted into place – one of the most significant milestones in this project, which is reinstating the links between the Borders and the Central Belt more than 40 years after they were ripped out by the Beeching cuts.

“The building of the bridge at Hardengreen is a real symbol of the resurrection of this railway line and all it means for the people of the Borders and Midlothian – new job and investment opportunities, social benefits, increased tourism, improved safety on the roads.”

Phase two of the work starts on Friday (February 28) and will see major construction work on the main bridge structure completed. Like the first phase, this will require closures from 10pm on Friday to 6am on Monday, March 3.

Hardengreen roundabout will be closed and diversions in place. Motorists coming to and from the Edinburgh city by-pass are advised to use the A68 instead of the A7. HGVs travelling north and south should use the A68 rather than the A7.

Midlothian motorists travelling north on the A7 should follow diversion signs for the B704 along Cockpen Road. Motorists travelling towards Edinburgh from Newtongrange will be diverted along the B6482. Drivers using the B6392 (Dalhousie Road) and B703 ( Newbattle Road) are asked to follow the diversion via A6094 (Eskbank Road) or B6392 (Melville Road). Only local access will be permitted on the A7, south of Hardengreen roundabout to Dalhousie Mains cottages and local businesses.

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