Edinburgh College

Saving time by choosing rail has improved the commuting experience for both staff and students at Edinburgh College.

The college, which operates from a range of sites across Edinburgh and Midlothian, has drastically cut the commuting time for students attending Midlothian Campus in Dalkeith and its Milton Road Campus, located on eastern edges of the capital near Portobello. Prior to the line opening, students travelling from Edinburgh has been faced with either along bus or car journey. That was until the Borders Railway opening in autumn of 2015.

Now, instead of spending time stuck on the bypass or on the bus for up to an hour, those travelling to the college can simply hop on the Borders Railway at Edinburgh Waverley and reach the route’s Brunstane Station for Milton Road Campus in just seven minutes, or arrive at Eskbank Station for Midlothian Campus in under 20 minutes.

Robert Ody, 18, is studying for an HND in Mechanical Engineering and is a regular visitor to Eskbank as he uses the Borders Railway to get to college and back home to Edinburgh.

Robert said: “It’s brilliant. I live in the city and it means I can get straight to Waverley from the college campus. It’s so accessible because it’s so close to the college.

“If the train didn’t come here I’d probably have to get a lift from a friend but this is easier and quicker. The trains run on time so you can plan your journey really well.”

Another fan of the new line is Thomas Stainer, 19, who is also studying an HND in Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh College. Thomas uses the train to travel to Eskbank from his home in Jedburgh. 

Thomas said: “I’ve been using the train to get to college since the day it opened last year and it has made my life so much easier. Getting the bus from Jedburgh would take over two hours whereas I can get here by train in 40 minutes.”