Graffiti on Borders Railway line

Border Railway Esbank Station bridge
Border Railway Esbank Station bridge

The Borders Railway has been hit by vandalism just ten months after re-opening, with graffiti appearing on Midlothian bridges.

Footbridges in Newtongrange and over the A7, as well as the custom built railway bridge on the roundabout between Eskbank and Newtongrange have been hit by graffiti in recent weeks.

Jason Ferry, chairman of Newtongrange Community Council, was disappointed to see the offensive vandalism when out with his young son.

He said: “It’s very similar to the anti-establishment stuff that appeared recently in Mayfield.

“How they got up to the bridge on the roundabout I do not know.

“Most of it appears to be anti-establishment logos. It’s a shame as it detracts from the area.

“There are better ways to convey your political messages than vandalism.

“I certainly don’t want to see that on any of the railway.

“My seven-year-old son saw a bad word on the bridge, but he knows not to say it. So it’s not good for kids to see it.

“It does seem to be an issue with railways around Britain, so it’s not uncommon to now see it here.

“We just haven’t seen it for a long time given the railway has only just returned after a long time away.

“Any help that people can make to identify the culprit I would like to see them pass it on to police.”

The matter was also discussed by Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council at their latest meeting last week.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police is investigating vandalism at Hardengreen Viaduct, between Eskbank and Newtongrange stations. Enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone who indulges in this sort of criminality is putting themselves, and other rail users, in extreme danger by trespassing and potentially disrupting train services.”