How a rail line can boost business for years to come

By Phil Dibsdale, Inward Investment Manager, Borders Railway Blueprint Group

THE Borders Railway, which started operating in September 2015, has already brought economic, social and environmental benefits across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, but this is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the potential the railway unlocks. It’s opening up opportunities for new and growing enterprises, creating jobs, and making it easier for people to do business in the area. That’s not just anecdotal; we have the stats to prove it.

A recent report commissioned by Transport Scotland and the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, with the aim of evaluating the project’s success a year on from opening, has shown that its attracting new workers, homeowners and tourists to communities served by the line. House sales rates are up; hotel bed space nights are up; visitor spend is up...

Read the full piece in The Herald.