BAM Nuttall has announced that it is on the lookout for local contractors to help bring the Borders Railways project to fruition.

The company was awarded the £220 million job in January that will see the creation of a passenger rail link from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank. It will be the first time in 40 years that a line of this ilk will be established, and Network Rail stated that it would help to make 500 jobs available between now and the time it enters service in 2015. BAM Nuttall has explained that it is currently on the hunt for local contractors to get on board with the project.

Officials from the company stated that it will be holding a 'meet the buyer' event at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange on February 27th between 11am and 4pm. It will give firms willing to join the project the opportunity to meet the people in charge of awarding contracts to suppliers that are involved with the Borders Railways development.

Nissar Mohammed, project director at BAM, said: "Those in attendance will be able to find out more about how to apply for a contract and be able to ask any questions they may have. It is important to us to try, where possible, to employ local suppliers to undertake work related to the Borders Railway project."

He added that there has already been "overwhelming demand" from firms across the area to join up with the construction of the project and this event will be a great opportunity to help boost the local jobs sector.

The region's local authority has also backed the initiative with councillor Jim Bryant, Midlothian Council's cabinet member for economic development adding: "Local companies should not underestimate the potential opportunities that the Borders Railway project can bring and they should be making every effort to get involved."

When completed, the Borders Railways projects will build 30 miles of new track and seven new stations connecting the likes of Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.

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