Rail works blamed for property damage

Railway sign at Glenfield Road East/West, Galashiels.
Railway sign at Glenfield Road East/West, Galashiels.

Works on the new railway line in Galashiels are being blamed for damage to a property in the town’s Glenfield area, with cracks reported in walls.

Colin Reavely has major concerns about the impact on his home, and those of neighbours, from construction work being carried out opposite his property by BAM Nuttall.

Mr Reavely says cracks have appeared in his property since the works began – and he is now “utterly frustrated”
 due to what he claims is the lack of interest shown by either BAM or its bosses at Network Rail.

Mr Reavely, who says he first contacted BAM months ago, told The Southern this week: “It clearly has been shown to ourselves that they are not bothered about local residents in the area and what damage it could be causing to properties, or they would be in contact or even have come and inspected the damage.”

Mr Reavely says Scottish Borders Council had initially been helpful, but several weeks have elapsed since the local authority was in contact and nothing has happened.

“I am very concerned at the lack of support that is being shown to the local residents, as they must surely understand that when you are living in an area with the constant volume of noise and disturbance that we are experiencing on a daily basis, that it is very distressing at the best of times,” he said.

“I know I am not alone in this and am sure I speak for other local residents in the area.”

Asked for a response to Mr Reavely’s complaints, Network Rail told us: “In the case of Mr Reavely, a report has been undertaken and will be issued to the project insurers in the coming days – the results of which will be discussed with the individual and appropriate insurers.”