Borders Railway Twitter Takeover

Following the official opening of the Borders Railway, we wanted to get under the skin of what the railway means for local people in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian, as well as what visitors can expect when they visit the regions by rail.

To help us, we are handing over the @BordersRailway twitter account to two young people in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian for one day each. They will be our roving reporters, exploring how their communities have celebrated the arrival of the railway, what people's plans are for using the railway and taking in some of the sights and sounds of their regions.

Scottish Borders Takeover

Our first takeover will take place on Friday 11 September. Liam Beattie (@Liam_Beattie) from Hawick will explore the Scottish Borders. He will visit towns including Hawick, Tweedbank, Galashiels and Melrose, as well as chatting to new passengers on board the Borders Railway. We will be posting more details about our Midlothian takeover next week.

Keep your eyes peeled for Liam and tweet @BordersRailway to get in touch. All of Liam’s tweets will be signed with ^LB, just in case we need to respond to any rail service queries.

Here’s a little a bit about Liam and what the railway means to him.

Liam Beattie

Liam Beattie @Liam_Beattie

“The opening of the Borders Railway is a truly historical moment in our region’s history. Since a young boy, I was told stories of the former Waverley railway by my grandfather who shared his memories of spotting the steam trains that use to pass through Hawick. My earliest memory of campaigning for the new Borders Railway was writing a story in primary school about the former line and why I one day wanted to ride a train to Edinburgh.

“Now, aged 23, that initial aspiration of my seven year old self has become a reality and getting to take a train to our nation’s capital will truly be a moment to savour. For young people in the Scottish Borders this is a vital link. It will open a whole series of opportunities and no longer leave people having to face the choice of staying in the region or moving away for further education, with no less than four universities now only a train ride away.

“As Borderers, we are renowned for the passion and pride we have for our places and traditions, I now hope we can use the railway as an opportunity for new visitors to come explore and help write our next chapter.”