The Borders Railway runs through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. The area itself offers a perfect blend of city life and rural retreats, superb schools, colleges and universities, affordable living, and great leisure opportunities. There could be no better place to live and work.

The railway corridor area in south-east Edinburgh and Midlothian is situated close to the Edinburgh City Bypass (A720), which connects to the M8 and A1 allowing for links to Glasgow, the north, and England. Further south, the corridor area in the Scottish Borders is served by the A68 and A7 allowing for road links to Edinburgh and the north and also Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the south.

The corridor area in Edinburgh centres on the South-East Zone, one of four strategic areas for development identified in the City of Edinburgh Council's Economic Strategy. The area includes Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and retail hubs at Fort Kinnaird and Cameron Toll. The corridor area also extends into East Lothian near the town of Musselburgh.

The immediate corridor area in Midlothian takes in the main towns of Danderhall (Shawfair), Dalkeith (Eskbank), Newtongrange, and Gorebridge. The wider catchment area is within easy access and includes the towns of Penicuik, Bonnyrigg, and Loanhead.

The immediate corridor area in the Scottish Borders takes in the towns of Stow and Galashiels (including Tweedbank). The wider catchment area covers the towns of Selkirk, Melrose, St Boswells, Earlston, and Lauder.