Borders Railway single line concerns for pressure group

BAM'Pic Peter Devlin'WORKERS FILLING GABIONS
BAM'Pic Peter Devlin'WORKERS FILLING GABIONS

Campaigners are warning that the “short-sighted” Borders Railway project will be held back by the amount of single track on the line.

Despite being based in the Borders, the campaign group’s chairman Simon Walton believes Midlothain is equally affected by this issue.

He said: “The single track issue – which is really a reliability issue – does indeed affect Midlothian, since services could be disrupted in both directions and at any point on the line.

“Most of the entire line, Midlothian and Borders, will be single track, with three passing loops – which have been scaled back from 15.5 miles to 9.5 miles in total length.

“It’s this that is the issue. By reducing the length of loops, there is far less opportunity for a delayed train to pass without disrupting other services.”

Meanwhile, 145,000 tonnes of rock removed from excavation works and blasting operations at Falahill since September – pictured above – are being recycled to help construct other parts of the new Borders Railway, including new roads and for the new railway bed.

Read more on this in the November 14 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.