Galashiels Transport Interchange Celebrates First Year

Galashiels Transport Interchange has marked its first year of operation.

The landmark building was opened to the public in August 2015 and now sees up to 3000 people per day using the facility to access bus and rail services. 

Almost 1400 bus departures take place every week across all operators while four commercial tenants currently operate in the building, with interests in the remaining office space.

In addition, 110 events have been hosted in the conference facilities at the Transport Interchange since it opened - from major business events to children's birthday parties. 

The building also won a Scottish Property Award in the Town Centre Regeneration Project of the Year category in March. 

Open 21 hours a day to allow access to bus and train services, other facilities in the interchange include a cafe, tourist information, bus and train real-time information and a railway ticket machine. There are also showers, toilets, and bike lockers to promote cycling and walking. 

Scottish Borders Council Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar said: "The aim of the Transport Interchange when it opened one year ago was to provide a gateway to Galashiels and the Borders. With the number of people now using the facility to travel on the Borders Railway or on one of the various bus services which operate from the building, it is clear that the award winning building is fulfilling this role."

Andy Drane, partner at Davidson Chalmers which is one of the tenants in the Transport Interchange added: "Being based in the Interchange has been a game changer for how we deliver our services in the central Borders."

                              

More information is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/transportinterchange