Making tracks in Midlothian

Beams being fitted at Hardengreen in February 2014
Beams being fitted at Hardengreen in February 2014

Borders Railway construction works mark their one year anniversary, with just over a year of construction remaining until the project delivery phase is completed in summer 2015.

In the year since construction of the new Borders Railway began, 866 directly employed staff have worked 2.1 million hours, completing 44 per cent of the work on the 30 mile long route.

Including supplier personnel indirectly employed by the project, the total number of project jobs is in excess of 1,100, with local people and suppliers the primary beneficiaries.

Since the start of the project, Network Rail and principal contractor BAM have also actively engaged with over 3,000 members of the communities along the line of the route at events and community meetings. They have also responded to 1,500 specific inquiries and reached over 140,000 unique visitors via the project website.

Keeping the project team fuelled has been a logistical challenge in itself and an estimated 25,000 bacon rolls have helped to keep construction crews energised.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “We have achieved a lot over the past year and, one year on, it’s good to take stock of how far we’ve come in such a short time. The entire team has done a fantastic job in getting to this stage, but our focus continues to be on the key milestones that will see this railway built by summer 2015.

“By the end of this summer, the bulk of the structures and earthworks will be complete, and we’ll be looking forward to laying the railway track along the route.”

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