NT3271 : Bridge over the Borders Railway

taken 6 years ago, near to Newcraighall, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Bridge over the Borders Railway
Bridge over the Borders Railway
A newish bridge, not there in August 2014 NT3271 : The Borders Railway at Whitehill, there in January 2015 NT3271 : The Borders railway at Whitehill, with some construction adjacent to it. That has turned out to be a large waste food treatment plant [possibly involving anaerobic digestion]. Taken in fading light on a late winter afternoon
The Borders Railway

The old Waverley Line, which closed in 1969, is being resurrected as the Borders Railway, going 30 miles from Edinburgh to Tweedbank [between Galashiels and Melrose], with 7 new stations, and using 90% of the former route. Full details and progress can be found at LinkExternal link ‎. Construction is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015, and the estimated cost, at 2012 prices, is 294 million. The project does not extend the route to the original destination at Carlisle.
The website says that test trains will run from June 2015, and it has been announced that the first passenger trains will run on 6 September 2015, with a grand opening. There are also plans for a 'steam train experience' and the possibility of the permanent exhibition of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank Station to boost tourism and use of the line.
The line opened for passenger traffic on 6 September 2015, with an half-hourly service on weekdays and Saturdays, and an hourly service on Sundays, with a journey time of about 1 hour. It was officially opened by HM The Queen on 9 September 2015, on the day that she became the longest serving UK Monarch; she travelled from Edinburgh to Tweedbank on a train steam-hauled by the 'Union of South Africa', with a stop st Newtongrange to unveil a plaque.

Millerhill food waste treatment plant :: NT3270

A state-of-the-art food waste recycling plant built on derelict land at Millerhill, part on the site of Monktonhall Colliery, abandoned in 1997, and part of Millerhill marshalling yards. The land is jointly owned by Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils, and the plant can receive around 30,000 t per annum of discarded food which will be processed by anaerobic digestion, which will produce methane. It also has a mechanical biological treatment facility to treat up to 200,000 t per annum of mixed black bag residual waste and an energy-from-waste facility to generate electricity from up to 100,000 t per annum. Some of the output will be recycled back to agricultural land as a soil conditioner and fertiliser high in valuable nutrients, particularly nitrogen, leaving no waste. The project is run by Alauna Renewable Energy [ARE], a joint venture between Kelda Water Services and Scottish Water Horizons, LinkExternal link . ARE will be working with the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils to design, build, finance and operate the facility as part of the Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian Project.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 14 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 January, 2016
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Lowlands  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Railways  Waste, Waste management 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3210 7109 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.6840N 3:5.2952W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 3209 7128
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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