Thursday 18th April saw Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown visit the section of all- new formation in the Milllerhill hinterland to mark the commencement of physical muck- moving (as opposed to enabling/ mining remediation etc.), as excavation of the cutting at the future Shawfair station got underway (the erstwhile Monktonhall colliery). We’ve a sneaky feeling this had more to do with PR than celebrating a defined milestone on the overall project bar-chart given the extensive media coverage generated, but hey-ho. For examples of what turned up in the media, try http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-22198938 or http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/350m-borders-railway-work-begins-1-2901446
Alternatively, WRHA member and Black Diamond FM presenter Geoff Ruderham interviewed Craig Bowman from Network Rail and Simon Walton from the Campaign for Borders Rail on his show last week. If you’d like to hear a recording of the exchange, try https://www.dropbox.com/s/w88jxel3ug1fdt1/Railway%20interview.mp3
Last but not least, a cornucopia of plans and drawings have been added to the main project website at www.bordersrailway.co.uk for those who wish to see the finer detail of what’s going to be happening on the ground.
Lots more photos. (c) copyright 2013 G. Ruderham WRHA/ CBR: