First Week of Borders Railway Events Prove Popular

The first week of drop-in events across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders have proved to be popular with residents who live along the route of the forthcoming Borders Railway.

A total of over 400 people attended drop-in events held at Stow, Galashiels and Heriot. Residents had the chance to speak to members of the delivery team about the impact of construction on their area, look through detailed plans and watch helicopter footage of where the route will be built.

Network Rail officially took responsibility for the delivery of the Borders Railway project from the Scottish Government on Tuesday 6th November. Advanced works are already underway and construction work will begin in early 2013. 

This week the Borders Railway team will be in Dalkeith, Danderhall and Galashiels.

  • 26 November – 5-8pm – Dalkeith Arts Centre, EH22 1AE
  • 27 November – 5-8pm – Danderhall Community Centre, EH23 1LU
  • 29 November – 4:30-8pm – Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels, TD1 2LP

The programme for the rest of the year is as follows;

  • 04 December – 4-8pm – Tweedbank Community Centre, TD1 3RT
  • 05 December – 4-8pm – Gorebridge Leisure Centre, EH23 4TX
  • 06 December – 3-7pm – Edinburgh College, Dalkeith, EH22 3FR
  • 10 December – 4-8pm – Newtongrange Library, EH22 4LG

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager for the Borders Railway project, said:

“We have been delighted with the turnout at the first three drop-in events. It is clear that there is a huge amount of interest in the construction process and what it means for communities along the line. The team will be on the road again this week and I hope that residents who are interested about the railway will come along to meet us and find out more about plans for their area.”