Published: Thursday, 06th September 2018
We are delighted four million journeys have been made on the Borders Railway since it opened three years ago today (September 6).
The announcement by ScotRail today is further proof of the positive impact the railway is having on communities it serves, including those in the Scottish Borders.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“The Borders Railway has provided significant work, education and leisure opportunities for Borderers, and brought more visitors to our area, as highlighted by the exceptional number of journeys made on the line in the last three years.
“Since the Borders Railway opened to the public on 6 September 2015, the Council and our partners have been doing our best to maximise the benefits presented through the blueprint programme.
“A wide variety of positive projects are being taken forward through the programme, such as the Galashiels and Tweedbank masterplans which include the creation of a visitor centre for the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Borders Innovation Park at Tweedbank, steam train journeys and the launch of the Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group.
“The success of the Borders Railway strengthens the case for extension of the line. A request to support further feasibility work on the potential extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick, Newcastleton and on to Carlisle will be included in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal submission to the UK and Scottish governments. Scottish Borders Council remains fully committed to securing the extension of the line.
“This is a key priority project for the Borderlands Partnership, with all partners understanding the strategic and economic potential of such an extension for the wider Borderlands area.”
Councillor David Parker, Council Convener
“The Borders Railway opening celebrations three years ago was a momentous occasion for our area.
“We had Golden Ticket Day, when almost 500 worthy individuals from the Borders receiving a special trip on the railway a day before it opened to the public, followed by the sight of the general public waiting excitedly at Tweedbank Station to jump on board the first public train service in the Borders for almost 50 years.
“We then witnessed the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen when thousands of people and the world’s media descended on Tweedbank on the same day she became Britain’s longest serving monarch.
“We were convinced the railway would be a success, but for 4million journeys to have been made in the last three years is extraordinary.
“The railway has enabled people to make journeys they would not have done previously, encouraged visitors to come to the Borders, increased the use of public transport which has reduced the use of car journeys and been a positive factor in attracting people to work and live in the Borders.”
Images of the opening celebrations in September 2015 are available on our Flickr page.