History and the new service

In 1849, a railway connecting Edinburgh and Hawick in the Scottish Borders was opened. It was extended to Carlisle in 1862. The route connected Edinburgh with London St Pancras station and became known as the “Waverley Line” after Sir Walter Scott’s first published novel.

The line was closed as part of the 1960s Beeching review, with the final journey taking place on 6 January 1969. Now, the route has been revived as the Borders Railway.

Since opening in September 2015, the Borders Railway has greatly enhanced transport links between Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.


Services operate half hourly in both directions from Monday to Saturday with an hourly service on Sunday. At peak times, four services in the morning continue through Edinburgh towards Fife, serving Haymarket, South Gyle and, in time, the proposed new station at Edinburgh Gateway where connections will be available for Edinburgh Airport.

There is a similar arrangement in the evening with four services from the Fife direction continuing to Tweedbank. Passengers can alight at Waverley and Haymarket stations to catch tram and bus services to Edinburgh Airport.

In the railway's first month of operation, 125,000 passengers used its services.