Badgers halt rail work near Gorebridge


mating badgers have brought Waverley Rail Project works to a standstill at a site near Gorebridge.

Transport Scotland and Network Rail are currently working together to deliver the multi-million pound project, which will have stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge.

Network Rail has confirmed that devegetation works have been put on hold following the discovery of badger setts at an area between Fushiebridge and Catcune Farm.

A spokesman said: “The location has been known for a while and so this is not a new thing, and will not affect track works because they are not taking place at the moment. However, it is affecting devegetation works, such as clearing trees and foliage from the line of route.

“It is badger breeding season at the moment and we don’t want to disturb them, and so we will wait until next year to clear that section.

“There are no cost or time implications, as this has been factored in to the project.”

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