Borders Railway: Black Path closure 'unavoidable'

Redbridge Viaduct The popular path will have to be shut for a "relatively short" time for improvement works on the viaduct

Related Stories

The project director on the Borders Railway has said an eight-week closure of an "extremely popular" walking and cycling route is "unavoidable".

The Black Path between Langlee and Tweedbank will be shut from 17 February.

It is to allow a series of improvement works on the Redbridge viaduct over the River Tweed.

A footpath diversion via Galafoot Bridge will be in place for the duration of the works.

Work on the bridge will continue once the path reopens, with the walking route fenced off.

Once the railway opens in autumn 2015, a footpath will be retained alongside the railway.

'Grand structure'

Network Rail project director Hugh Wark said: "We know that the Redbridge viaduct link between Langlee and Tweedbank is an extremely popular walking and cycling route and we've done all we can to retain that access until now.

"The improvements we're making to the bridge mean that this relatively short eight-week closure is unavoidable - we apologise for the temporary inconvenience.

"The bridge itself is in excellent condition and the structural works required are minimal.

"Once complete, this grand old structure will form another iconic landmark on the Borders Railway route."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland

Weather

Dumfries

16 °C 9 °C

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.