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Work starts on mine stabilisation for new rail link

Remediation work to stabilise abandoned mine workings in Scotland is now underway in order to allow construction of a new rail line to start next year.

Under a 26 week contract Bam Nuttall will carry out grouting work to stabilise the area ahead of construction of the Borders Railway Project, which will re-connect Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders for the first time in 40 years. The current work will help reduce the risk of future subsidence along the route.

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

Construction of the new rail line is due to be completed by the end of 2014.

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