New Gala bridge installed

A new rail bridge that will connect Galashiels to the rest of the railway network was successfully installed above the town’s Wheatlands Road at the weekend.

The works, carried out across Saturday and Sunday, saw a 15-strong team work around the clock to lift the 90-tonne bridge into place with a massive crane.

While much of the construction of the new bridge had been done without impacting traffic movements, the lifting of the bridge deck required a four-day closure of Wheatlands Road.

The successful installation allows the project team to turn to the next major milestone, with a pre-assembled road bridge being installed over Gala Water to reconnect Plumtreehall Brae on Friday and Saturday (May 16 & 17).

The installation will require the closure of King Street over the two days, with traffic diversions in place.

Elsewhere in Galashiels, a bridge installation at Currie Road will require the road to close from May 19 to June 14. Vehicles will be able to use Glenfield Crescent and Melrose Road as a diversion and a temporary footpath will be available for pedestrians.