Track laying begins on Borders line

Transport Minister Keith Brown visits Shawfair Station as the main track-laying begins.
Transport Minister Keith Brown visits Shawfair Station as the main track-laying begins.

Work has begun to install almost 30 miles of rail on the Borders Railway as the project enters the main phase of track-laying on the route.

Transport Minister Keith Brown and Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne visited the newly-constructed Shawfair station to officially launch this important phase of the track-laying programme.

By the end of the year a state-of-the-art rail installation machine, capable of laying over 1km of track per day, will complete the route.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This project isn’t just about building a railway – it’s about restoring links for communities that will result in employment, study and social opportunities. The installation of the tracks sees that long-held aspiration for the Borders and Midlothian becoming a tangible reality.”

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