Mine works progress in advance of Borders railway

ESSENTIAL works on abandoned mines are to begin in Midlothian this week as part of the Borders Railway Project.

The mining remediation work, which will be undertaken by BAM Nuttall on behalf of Network Rail, will ready the area for construction of the new railway line. The works commenced on Monday and are programmed to last for 26 weeks.

Work will be undertaken during the daytime between 8am and 6pm to minimise the noise disruption to local residents.

Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail said: “Midlothian has a rich history of mining and there are hundreds of miles of disused mine shafts underneath the region.

“Along the route of the Borders Railway, we have carried out extensive ground investigations and identified the locations which require support before construction of the new railway.

Nissar Mohammed, project director for BAM Nuttall added: “This work is essential to ensure that the new railway does not face the possibility of subsidence in the future. The works will be carried out during the day, which will allow us to minimise the impact of noise disruption on those living nearby. We will be undertaking the work in a way which will cause the minimal possible impact on the local environment.”

Works have been planned in consultation with the Midlothian Council and mark the final stage of the advance works.