More plaudits for Borders Railway project

A Borders Railway train passing through the countryside. Photo by Peter Devlin
A Borders Railway train passing through the countryside. Photo by Peter Devlin

Borders Railway has been named the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Scottish infrastructure project of the year.

The project was recognised last week during a ceremony in Edinburgh for its delivery of essential facilities, services and infrastructure.

The £294m Borders Railway re-established a passenger rail link for the first time in more than 40 years from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in September last year.

The crowds were out in force when the Queen visited Midlothian for the first time in more than 50 years to unveil a plaque marking the opening of the new station in Newtongrange.

The project included the installation of 30 miles of new railway and seven new stations as well as the upgrading and building of supporting infrastructure.

The new railway, the longest domestic line built in more than a century, welcomed more than 500,000 passengers within the first five months of its opening.

Chairman of RICS Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith MRICS, said: “The new rail network addition is highly popular and the judges could not fail to consider the project’s delivery time, quality and inherent sustainablity credentials.”

Stewart MacPherson, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects route delivery director for Scotland, added: “With passenger figures exceeding expectations, the investment in the railway is really paying dividends and it’s great to see the positive impact it’s having socially and economically for the local communities along the route.”

Borders Railway will join all category winners to represent Scotland in the RICS awards grand final in London in October.