The construction of the railway is fast approaching its next phase as structures are completed and station works are well underway. The team is prepared for a busy August with sleepers positioned beside the railway, ballast stock piled along much of the route and signal and crossing units arriving throughout the month.

As we head towards the autumn, the focus of the work begins to shift away from heavy civil engineering towards track laying and station construction.

Great progress has been made on the station platforms at Shawfair and Eskbank, with works also starting on Newtongrange and Gorebridge stations.

In Stow, the first stages of the platform’s construction are underway and local residents should expect to see their station emerging over the next few weeks.

In Galashiels, a temporary one-way traffic system has been put in place to create a safe working environment as work is undertaken on the old retaining walls running alongside the A7. Further along Ladhope Vale, work is underway to construct the new station opposite the town’s new transport interchange.

Elsewhere in the southern section of the railway, Currie Road has reopened to traffic following the successful installation of a bridge deck and Winston Road bridge continues to make progress.

Across the whole route the upgrading of old Victorian cuttings has been completed, with new retaining walls installed and embankments strengthened with stone.

Throughout the summer we have been delighted to talk with so many people at events in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand and speak with the team.

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