The Duke of Edinburgh and I are delighted to have arrived here today….particularly by train. The Borders Railway brings so much promise for sharing and invigorating the Borders countryside as place to live, work and enjoy. Prince Philip and I are very grateful for the warmth of your welcome.
Key Facts about Borders Railway
- 30 miles (48km) long
- Longest new domestic railway to be built in Britain for over 100 years
- Single track non-electrified railway with 3 dynamic passing loops
- 42 new bridges were built and 95 refurbished
- 2 tunnels refurbished
- 1.5 million tonnes of earth moved.
- There are ten stations along the route: Tweedbank, Galashiels, Stow, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank, Shawfair, Newcraighall, Brunstane and Edinburgh Waverley
- It takes approximately 55 minutes to travel between Tweedbank (Melrose) and Edinburgh Waverley
- Ticket machines operate at most of the stations
- All stations have park and ride facilities except Galashiels, where Scottish Borders Council built a £5.2 million bus/rail interchange.
- In the first three months 350,000 passengers travelled on the new line, against an annual target of 650,000
- Visitor number surged 65% at Abbotsford House, the areas most famous visitor attraction
- 17 steam train journeys sold out
Times and Fares
Life, death and rebirth
Looking back over this lengthy saga, I spent more than half my life being angry about the closure of the Waverley Route, leaving the Borders as the only region of Britain without a rail service, and I’ve campaigned for the re-instatement of the railway for more than 20 years. So the 6th of September is an emotional milestone for me.But my first journey on the Borders Railway will not be until the special train for the royal opening on 9th September, three days after ScotRail trains start running – a neat symmetry with my last journey on the Waverley Route, three days before its closure