Primary School Pupils Celebrate Borders Railway First Birthday

Who better to help Midlothian Council Leader Catherine Johnstone celebrate the first anniversary of the Borders Railway and the news that more than 1 million passengers have travelled on it than pupils from Gorebridge’s brand new school, Gore Glen Primary?

Armed with a giant 1, William Aston, 5, Nylah Bargon, 6, Olivia-Rose Hutchison, 5, Aegan White, 8, and Ben Halleran, 10, joined Cllr Johnstone and head teacher Pauline Marr to wish the line a very happy birthday.
Cllr Johnstone said: “To exceed 1 million passenger journeys in its first year is a fantastic achievement and shows the potential the line can have to transform Midlothian’s economy.
“Here in Midlothian, we are committed to maximising the opportunities the four local stations, at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, offer in making the county an even more attractive place in which to live, work, learn in and visit."

“We’ve certainly got plenty to celebrate at towns and villages down the line. For example, this brand new school at Gore Glen and the surrounding housing is served by both Newtongrange and Gorebridge railway stations making journeys to and from the city centre or the Borders in around 25 minutes."

“New statistics also show that the number of people visiting tourist attractions in Midlothian from January to July of this year compared to last year is up 4%.”

“A report to the full council on the Borders Railway later this month will give more details of the achievements and challenges of the past year and our plans for the future.”

The new figure was announced by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster at a special event in Edinburgh Waverley this morning to mark the line’s first birthday.

Borders, which is the longest new line built in the UK for over a century, was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

News that more than 35,000,000 passenger miles have been travelled on more than 21,000 Borders Railway train services wouldn’t surprise Ben Halleran, of P5. He said he has travelled on the Borders Railway lots of times. “Mainly to the Fort for shopping,” he said.