Construction of Borders Railway

The Borders Railway is the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years.

Customer Name

Annick Construction (Network Rail in partnership with Transport Scotland, The Scottish Borders Council, Midlothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council and BAM Nuttall)

Project Location

Midlothian and Scottish Borders




20 weeks

As part of this £294 million construction project, four new stations were being built in Midlothian and three in the Scottish Borders. Trains were due to run every half hour at peak times and journey times between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders would take less than an hour.

The Borders Railway would re-establish passenger railway services for the first time since 1969 from Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders. Construction work commenced in April 2013 and the route opened in September 2015.

The Challenge

The contractor needed equipment that could be used for the construction of five bridges, one after the after the other, which meant the equipment needed to be taken down from one site and transported direct to the next bridge site. 

The Solution

We worked in close partnership with our formwork supplier MEVA in order to supply a complete range of equipment to support the construction of the Borders Railway. MEVA supplied formwork for the majority of the work and Leada Acrow provided a top-up of formwork and all of the soffit supports.

The Results

This was a challenging project which demanded the provision of a wide range of formwork and falsework equipment. Through our partnership with MEVA, we were able to supply all the products required and the easy erection and dismantling of our equipment led to major efficiencies on-site.

The project remained on schedule to be delivered on time and within budget. The new line delivers major economic and social development opportunities by providing a fast and efficient rail link connecting communities in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian to Edinburgh and beyond.

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