Borders Railway

Case Study

In December 2012 Network Rail appointed BAM Nuttall as the main contractor for the delivery of the new Borders Railway. The £220m contract included detailed design and construction works for the new line and saw around 500 jobs created.

The Borders Railway, which will enter service in 2015, will re-establish a passenger rail link for the first time in over 40 years from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank.

The line will include 30 miles of new railway with three existing stations and seven new ones – at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.

In the early 2013 Banagher Precast Concrete was awarded the contract of design, manufacture and supply of several precast structures for the job. In total there are 10nr structures approximately in our package ranging from culverts to large spanning W-Beams with all associated parapets, wingwalls, headbeams and retaining walls.

Manufacture is currently taking place and several of the structures like the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass Portal Frame have already been installed. The A720 Precast Concrete Portal Frame was the first Banagher Precast Concrete designed portal frame with a ball and socket joint to be approved for construction in the UK. All of the detailed design was done in house by our team of experienced engineers and it followed on from working on similar portal frame structures on the N22 Tralee Bypass and the N21 Castleisland Bypass both of whom were constructed by BAM.