Borders Railway beats passenger expectations by 22%!

Borders railway are delighted to announce that passenger numbers have exceeded original estimates by almost a quarter in the first six months. From September 2015 through to March 2016 there were almost 700,000 passenger journeys on The Borders Railway.

The Borders Railway Blueprint Partnership group is chaired by Scottish Enterprise, and includes Transport Scotland, Visit Scotland, Scottish Government, Abellio Scotrail and the three local authority areas on the route – Scottish Borders, Midlothian and City of Edinburgh.

The group seek to maximise economic benefit from the railway and the high passenger numbers indicate that they are well on their way to achieving this goal. Danny Cusick, Senior Director for Textiles, Tourism, and Food & Drink at Scottish Enterprise and Chair of the Borders Railway Blueprint Leaders Group said: “With 126,350 trips more than anticipated in the first six months, it’s clear that there is demand for the new railway…As part of these developments, the railway will open up new business and investment opportunities, connecting planned housing and mixed-use projects, business and industrial parks, and new visitor attractions.”

One of the biggest success stories for the new line has been at Galashiels and Tweedbank, the Scottish Border stations, where demand has exceeded expectations by a whopping 600%. The extremely positive first 6 months of The Borders Railway is an excellent start to the project and gives The Blueprint Group a solid base from which they can continue to grow, attract more visitors and further development to the region.

Have a look at the full press release here