Engaging with the community: summer events and community drop-ins

Network Rail’s Borders Railway project team has been going into the heart of communities throughout the summer and autumn to raise awareness of the Borders Railway project.

This involved festival and gala days in Gorebridge, Galashiels and Dalkeith to the Royal Highland Show and the Border Union Show, as well as the inaugural Borders Railway under-14s football tournament which brought together 16 football teams from up and down the line together in Edinburgh for a tournament. 


Our team has thoroughly enjoyed attending these local events and meeting members of the community who will directly, and indirectly, benefit from the new line.  Our staff were also on hand to answer any questions or queries communities had about the project.

Drop -in

Following the official handover of the Borders Railway on 6 November 2012, Network Rail launched their autumn programme of community drop-ins.  The drop-ins were held in towns and villages along the route and were another opportunity for communities to speak to the project team, ask questions, view detailed maps and photographs and see a presentation on the new line.

The drop-ins were visited by over 1,200 residents and stakeholders and gave people an insight into what the new line will look like and construction updates.  The programme was a huge success and Network Rail looks forward to repeating the process in the New Year with further updates on the progress of works.