Railway cuts village in two

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry at the Black path, Newtongrange, where the new Borders Rail Link will bisect the village.

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry at the Black path, Newtongrange, where the new Borders Rail Link will bisect the village.

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Locals in Newtongrange are worried that the planned Borders Railway will split the village, turning one estate into an “island”.

The re-opened line running from Waverly Station to the Borders is expected in summer 2015 and will follow the original route along what is now the Black Path. This pathway currently connects the Victoria Park estate – the site of Newtongrange Star’s former home, with the rest of the village.

Plans to replace the links with two footbridges have not completely appeased locals, who are concerned these will not be ready in time, and that only one of the bridges will have ramp access.

Speaking at the recent Newtongrange Community Council meeting, Daniel Davis, a teacher who lives on the Victoria Park estate, was angry that a shortcut from Victoria Road to Dalhousie Road was closed recently without notice, and he fears that this lack of communication could continue during the construction process.

Read more about this in the February 14 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.