The Borders Railway, which opens on 6 September 2015, unlocks significant housing, commercial and leisure development opportunities in the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh.
It is the longest domestic line to open in the UK for over 100 years, running for 35 miles (56km) starting at Tweedbank in the central Scottish Borders. It continues through stations at Galashiels, Stow, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank, Shawfair, Newcraighall, and Brunstane to Edinburgh Waverley. The total journey time is 55 minutes.
The area includes internationally significant tourist attractions...
Constructed by BAM Nuttall for Network Rail, the railway has cost £353 million (2012 prices).
The line runs through local authority areas the City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, and Scottish Borders Council. Eventually it is hoped to extend the route to Carlisle via Hawick.
The area includes internationally significant tourist attractions, major town centre developments, and businesses from key growth sectors. The exciting development opportunities it opens up are complemented by a well-educated workforce whose mobility will be enhanced by the railway.
The Borders Railway will be fully integrated with the national railway network. At Edinburgh, passengers can connect to:
Glasgow, services within 20 minutes
Newcastle/York/London, services within 20-30 minutes
Dundee/Aberdeen, services within 30 minutes
Inverness/Perth, services within 10 minutes
Fife, services within 20-25 minutes
North Berwick, services within 15 minutes