Worries raised in Newtongrange over fencing for new railway

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry at the new fencing under construction surrounging the soon to be re-opened Borders Railway

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry at the new fencing under construction surrounging the soon to be re-opened Borders Railway

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Members of Newtongrange Community Council have raised concerns about the fencing around the soon-to-be re-opened Borders Railway.

The railway line will cut straight through the middle of Newtongrange when it re-opens next September.

Speaking at the village’s community council meeting last week, member Kenny Hunter raised concerns about the safety of local children: “I’m still concerned about the safety implications of the fencing along the line. The lure of getting near a railway for the kids is all too real.

“And given that children here have never had a railway they just don’t understand the safety issues.”

But fellow member Ron Campbell said: “When the railway was here before there was never a problem, and it was just a three strand wire fence. I don’t see what the problem is with having to have high boarded fencing.”

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry said he would write to Network Rail about the safety of the line in Newtongrange.

Craig Bowman, Network Rail spokesman commented: “Our highest security fencing is reserved for residential areas, such as Newtongrange, where there is a more immediate risk of trespass by both adults and children.

“We have been working with local schools and British Transport Police to share railway safety messages to children along the route for two years now.”

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