South Scotland

Borders to Edinburgh rail route discussions under way

Bridge on the rail route
Image caption Communities along the route are being invited to hear more about the railway plans

Communities along the length of the proposed rail line from the Borders to Edinburgh are being offered information about the scheme.

A string of drop-in sessions in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders gets under way in Stow.

It will be followed by nine further events staged by Network Rail to answer residents' questions about the project.

Construction work should get under way early next year with a target completion date in summer 2015.

Responsibility for delivering a rail route from the Borders to Edinburgh officially passed to Network Rail earlier this month.

Advanced works are already under way on the line between the capital and Tweedbank.

Network Rail said residents would begin to see equipment along the route and increased traffic early in the new year.

It is holding the drop-in sessions to allow residents to view its plans and speak to members of the project team.

The full programme is:

  • 19 November - Stow Town Hall
  • 20 November - Old Gala House, Galashiels
  • 21 November - MacFie Hall, Heriot
  • 26 November - Dalkeith Arts Centre
  • 27 November - Danderhall Community Centre
  • 29 November - Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels
  • 4 December - Tweedbank Community Centre
  • 5 December - Gorebridge Leisure Centre
  • 6 December - Edinburgh College, Dalkeith
  • 10 December - Newtongrange Library

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