European students visit Borders railway

The Borders Railway is one of a number of engineering projects being studied by students from Germany, Holland, Denmark, France and Latvia.

As part of Edinburgh Napier University’s International Project Week, they hosted 220 European engineering students, and among the Scottish projects visited by the groups was the Waverley railway, which is currently under construction.

The students were taken on a tour of the project site by principal contractor BAM.

They were shown the site of the new Shawfair station and access road, witnessing the concrete pour for the station platform and footbridge. They also learned about the major engineering and organisational challenges which have been met during the progress of the project to date.

Nissar Mohammed, project director for BAM, said: “We were delighted to be able to facilitate this visit by students from around Europe onto the site, and show them the scale of the project. It underlines the significance of this project beyond Scotland.”

He added: “It is important that students are able to see first-hand engineering works and the practical challenges which we have faced during construction. We hope that the students found the tour valuable.”