A day at the fair for Borders Railway

The Borders Railway team enjoyed meeting the Tweedbank community this weekend as they attended the Tweedbank Fair as one of the event’s sponsors.

Tweedbank Fair

The team spoke with members of the community on the plans for the area and provided details about the next stage of works to construct the railway.

The project’s involvement with this year’s event came after the fair’s organisers successfully applied for a share of the Borders Railway Community Rail Fund. The fund was set-up as a joint initiative between the project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) to support causes local to the new railway.

Mark Henderson, Network Rail’s spokesman on community safety, said: “Every year, the entire community gets behind the Tweedbank Fair and it provides a whole range of creative activities for the young people in the town to get involved in.

“The Community Safety Fund is all about supporting causes that engage with communities along the new Borders Railway route and the fair is a perfect example of this.”

Kate Ainslie, one of Tweedbank Fair’s main organisers, said: “The Tweedbank Fair is a real pillar of the community. It was therefore great to have the additional support of the Borders Railway this year as the town gears up to welcome the new addition of the railway next year.”

The fair was one of 22 organisations to benefit in a third round of funding from the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN). The fund saw a total of £5,500 distributed amongst groups from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders to support causes local to the new railway. Forty-four groups have benefited since the fund launched last year.

The Borders Railway project team will be attending fairs and gala days along the route throughout the summer to engage with local communities and provide updates about the construction of the new railway.