Over 1,500 pupils take part in Borders Railway safety workshops

Over 1,500 primary school pupils from 15 primary schools from across the Scottish Borders and Midlothian have taken part in the Borders Railway safety workshop initiative.

Over 1,500 pupils take part in Borders Railway safety workshops

The programme, which launched in May, was developed in partnership with the Scottish Youth Theatre, to help encourage young people along the new line of route to become more aware of the opportunities and risks that the Borders railway will bring.

Over 70 workshops have been held in schools in Gorebridge, Moorfoot, Stobhill, Newtongrange, Middleton, Galashiels, Tweedbank, Stow, Langlee, Fountainhall and Clovenfords.

Carol Deveney, Network Rail’s Senior Programme Development Manager for the Borders Railway Project said: “When the new Borders line becomes operational in 2015, it will be the first time that many children in the area will live near a railway line. With this comes a number of potential risks and the workshops have offered a fun and interactive way for us to engage with these young people to help them better understand what to expect and the opportunities it will provide.

“The feedback we’ve had from teachers and pupils has been excellent and we’d like to thank the Scottish Youth Theatre for helping to make the workshops such a success.”

Kat Wilson from Scottish Youth Theatre said: “We have had a fantastic response to the safety workshops from teachers, parents and especially pupils. The pupils have been really receptive and have had great fun learning about the railway.”

Speaking after a safety workshop with P5 pupils at Langlee Primary School, Headteacher of the school, Sandra Davidson, said: “By delivering these innovative workshops with role-play and games, the pupils stay very engaged throughout and the serious rail safety messages really sink in.”

The safety and familiarisation workshops form just one element of the Borders Railway education programme. In June, principal contractor BAM will continue to deliver their maths and engineering focussed ‘Bridges to Schools’ workshops in schools along the route.