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New Borders Railway opens

Words: Laura Edgar

The Queen has opened the new Borders Railway.

The new route aims to re-establish passenger railway services between Midlothian and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders for the first time since 1969, when the Waverley Line closed as part of the Beeching recommendations.

The project is the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for more than 100 years.

The route includes seven new stations and 30 miles of new line. Ninety-five structures have been refurbished and 42 new bridges were constructed.

Global infrastructure services provider AECOM was the main designer for the project, while Network Rail delivered the scheme in partnership with Transport for Scotland.

Ian Hay, director and head of Rail, Europe, AECOM, said: “Borders Railway will transform the lives of residents in communities along its route, and this week’s official opening marks a historic milestone for rail transport in Scotland. A

ECOM has worked on the project for many years, so its successful completion is particularly rewarding for our team.” Trains will run every half-hour at peak times, with journey times between Tweedbank and Edinburgh taking less than an hour.

Images courtesy of National Rail