On the move towards railway completion

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As the construction of the Borders Railway nears completion, the final phase of earthworks is set to start today (Thursday).

Surplus material excavated during the construction of the line will be transported from the Ferniehirst area, through Stow, to Falahill. It will then be used to complete landscaping at Falahill.

The work will take approximately seven weeks and involve the extensive use of lorries. The Old Stage Road (C11) will be closed between Ferniehirst and Stow to allow this last phase of earth movements to be completed. Access to all properties will be maintained.

HGV movements will be monitored with the use of six banksmen, four located within Stow. The agreed school embargo times remain and lorries will be held at set locations during these times.

Extended working hours have been approved: Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm.

Sunday working has been approved to support contingency measures.

Hugh Wark, Borders Railway project manager, said: “It is just three months until people board the first Borders Railway train and just weeks until the construction of the railway is complete. These earthworks are an essential step towards these milestones.

“The works involve the use of HGV vehicles which we are closely controlling. We appreciate the potential inconvenience caused during these works and we will work hard to minimise disruption to the community as far as practically possible.

“We encourage motorists to show due care and attention, and thank local communities for their patience whilst this work is underway.”

All affected residents have been advised of the working arrangements.