Up until this point, the Borders Railway had been new, but old. It was a former freight line that had a couple of stations on it. From now on, the tracks were all new, laid over the course of the long abandoned railway. Except at Shawfair, where it was all new. The City of Edinburgh bypass crossed the old Waverley Route, and there was no way to restore it. As a result, at Shawfair, the line veers onto virgin territory.