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Heriot underpass flooding blamed on pump problems

Heriot underpass Image copyright John Williams

Pumping problems have been blamed for flooding at a new pedestrian underpass built as part of the Borders Railway.

The structure in Heriot was impassable on Wednesday night when it was flooded with six inches (15cm) of water.

A spokesman for Network Rail said the underpass sits below the water table and pumps were installed to drain water away during bad weather.

However, they were switched off on Wednesday afternoon "due to essential maintenance works".

He added: "The pumps are back in operation today and we have also deployed a maintenance team to clean the underpass following last night's flooding."

John Williams, chairman of Heriot Community Council, said concerns had been raised about the underpass over the last 18 months.

He said "the buck has been passed" between Network Rail, the contractor BAM Nuttall and Scottish Borders Council "with no resolution anywhere near".

Mr Williams added that he feared that flood water may "freeze solid" in cold weather.

Image copyright John Williams

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