Bridging the gap

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The installation of longest new bridge on Borders Railway was craned into place at the weekend, bringing the 30-mile railway one step closer to completion and creating a new landmark for Midlothian.

The bridge was hoisted into place over Hardengreen roundabout between Eskbank and Newtongrange. The new structure, which will span 71.5 metres once completed, required a 1,200 tonne crane used to hoist the bridge’s four 107 tonne beams into place.

A 30-strong construction team worked around the clock over the weekend to carry out the precise process of lifting the bridge beams into place. Sections of the bridge deck and parapets were also installed. The weekend closure followed seven months of preparatory work, when the bridge piers were constructed on site.

Work to complete the structure will continue in two weeks, with a further closure of the round about between 28 Feb and 3 March.

Photograph: Alwyn Johnston