Residents’ fury at Midlothian footbridge plans

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Campaigners opposed to a railway footbridge near Shawfair say the council is “riding roughshod” over their concerns.

The proposed bridge, earmarked for land between Newton Village and neighbouring hamlet Harelaw, is part of Network Rail and Transport Scotland’s Borders Railway project.

Approved by Midlothian Council, it will provide disabled access from one side of the track to the other.

But around 200 locals have signed a petition to block the plans, saying they would prefer to see either a walkway running the length of the track to Shawfair Station, or an underpass.

Harelaw resident Simon Green formed the Shawfair Residents Association to fight the proposal.

He said: “This was a quiet community until the railway appeared. We set up the group because we were being kept in the dark – we had not received any letters from Borders Rail.

“This footbridge is going to be a monstrosity – everyone agrees it is going to be ugly. Councillors and developers are running roughshod over residents.”

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