Council Welcomes Plans For New Facilities at Tweedbank Station

On the same day the Borders Railway celebrated its first anniversary, Scottish Borders Council Leader David Parker has reacted to the news that ScotRail will create toilets and a kiosk at Tweedbank Station early next year.

Councillor Parker said: “I am delighted that users of Tweedbank Station will be able to access these new facilities.

“The Borders Railway has been a huge success in its first year, with passenger numbers exceeding expectations, including at Tweedbank.

“One common issue raised with me since the opening of the railway on 6 September 2015 has been the lack of toilet facilities at Tweedbank.

“These concerns have been considered and having this new facility as well as a kiosk to serve refreshments from early next year will be welcomed by passengers boarding or leaving the train.

“Funding for this project has come from ScotRail and the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, which aims to deliver a range of economic benefits and encourage businesses to take advantage of the many development opportunities available in the region, which has been opened up to a greater audience by the Borders Railway.”

Cathy Craig, Commercial Director at ScotRail, added: “Borders Railway has been an extraordinary success. We are now providing people with an alternative way of travelling to work, to visit friends and family and to use for leisure.

"We will continue to work closely with the local community, to ensure that rail services and facilities in the Borders meet the needs of local people, businesses and visitors to the area.”