South Scotland

Two days set aside for Borders Railway compensation claim

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Two days have been set aside for legal debate of a compensation claim over construction of the Borders Railway.

Scottish Borders Council has launched the £1.6m action against Network Rail over the alleged damage to roads, bridges and walls.

After a hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court, debate was fixed for later this year on 26 and 27 September.

Legal pleas from both parties involved in the case will be heard on those dates.

It is understood talks aimed at resolving the claim broke down with several matters still in dispute.

The case centres on the condition of the A7 and other minor roads, with heavy trucks and plant blamed for the damage.

The council said it had paid for repairs which it argued should have been the responsibility of Network Rail.

The multi-million pound railway between Tweedbank and Edinburgh was officially opened by the Queen in September 2015.

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