Borders Railway Project

CFA Archaeology Ltd were chosen by ERM Ltd to provide consultancy services to support the application for Royal Assent of the Waverly Railway Bill. This included detailed a walk-over survey of the route, input in to the Environmental Management System and the Cultural Heritage Management Plan. Following the granting of Royal Assent CFA was chosen by ERM Ltd and Network Rail to undertake advance works on the £294 million Borders Railway project.

The advance works included the evaluation of a number of locations for new car parks and stations and the standing building survey of a number of bridges that required repair. We were also tasked with the job of agreeing the construction phase mitigation works with the local authority archaeological services.

Following the successful completion of the advance works and the agreement of the Written Scheme of Investigation for the construction phase works we were chosen by BAM Nuttal Ltd as archaeological contractors for the construction phase.

The construction phase works did not require a permanent presence so a close working relationship had to be built with the different section engineers to ensure that they knew when we had to be present on site and that we were given sufficient notification to be able to provide properly trained members of staff.

The majority of the construction phase works were watching briefs although latterly in the project a number of standing building surveys were carried where additional properties not covered by the advance works were identified as requiring demolition. No delays were caused by the archaeological works.

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