Rail passengers taste Borders birthday success

Passengers travelling through stations along the Borders Railway today (Tuesday 13 September) are being treated to a variety of free, locally-sourced food and drink to mark the first anniversary of the new railway line.

Coinciding with Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, the giveaways will take place at Galashiels Transport Interchange and Edinburgh Waverley Station.

A range of food and drink sourced from the natural larder of the Scottish Borders including freshly-pressed seasonal apple juices from artisan producer Cuddybridge Apple Juice will also be available for sampling, alongside traditional Scottish confectionery hand-made by Vanessa Tait of Curly Coo Tablet.

A range of infused rapeseed oils produced on Carrington Barns Farm by Midlothian suppliers Supernature will also be given away during the day.

Scotland Food & Drink Project Manager Fiona Richmond commented: “It’s great to see the anniversary of Borders Railway celebrated using local produce during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. The Fortnight presents an ideal opportunity to showcase the region’s delicious food and drink, borne from our world class natural larder as well as the talented individuals who create it. What better way to discover what makes Scotland a land of food and drink than for people to try it for themselves!”

Over a million passenger journeys have been made on the Borders Railway since it officially opened 12 months ago (September 9).

The new figure was announced last week by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster at a special event at Edinburgh Waverley 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.