Midlothian Attractions Among Those to Benefit from Borders Railway Opening

Ryze Trampoline Park, Mayfield, Midlothian and the Coronation Restaurant in Gorebridge are among local tourism businesses who are benefiting from the opening of the Borders Railway. 

A combination of the opening of the Borders Railway, new housing and a refurbishment is paying dividends for Alan Russell, the owner of the Coronation restaurant in Gorebridge.

Mr Russell estimates turnover is up by around 25% at the popular eaterie.

He says: “We did the refurbishment about a year ago. That, along with the railway opening and lots of new housing, seems to have paid off. It’s certainly helping bring in more business, maybe 25% more customers, so that’s been really good.”

Mr Russell, who also owns the Longniddry Inn in East Lothian, is just one of scores of tourism business owners benefitting from the opening of the railway.

In the first six months of 2016 after the Borders Railway opened in September 2015, the amount of money visitors spent on food and drink rose 6.5% compared with the same period the previous year.

Mr Russell says: “We get a lot of feedback from customers saying we’ve found out the train times and come on the railway from Edinburgh.”

For more information on the Coronation restaurant visit: www.coronationrestaurant.co.uk