Borders Railway - longest railway to be built in the UK in 100 years opens

Borders Railway, the longest new domestic railway to be built in the UK for over 100 years, has opened to the public.

At 30 miles in length and with a cost of £294m the project forms a strategic connection into the Scottish Borders, connecting Edinburgh with communities along its length, terminating at Tweedbank.

Turner & Townsend has been involved in the project from its from its inception in 2004 through to completion, working for a number of key organisations including Scottish Borders Council, Transport Scotland and Network Rail delivering the scheme to programme. Our experts supported this complex infrastructure project through planning, development and delivery.

Turner & Townsend project Director Gary Easton said: “We are delighted to have supported this historic project for Scotland. This has been far more than a construction project and its successful delivery is testament to the strong alliance forged between Network Rail and their supply chain.”

Network Rail’s Route Delivery Director Stewart Macpherson said: “Once again we have been able to demonstrate to the wider railway industry that we, Network Rail, are the only credible and reliable delivery organisation for the delivery of multi-disciplined projects in the Rail environment here in Scotland. This puts us exactly where we would want to be.”

Workers at peak construction 1,100
New roads constructed 10km
Earthworks 1,500,000 tonnes
Bridges refurbished 95
Bridges constructed 42
Victorian tunnels repaired 2
Rails laid each day 1.3km