Spotlight on Tweedbank
Tweedbank will be the south terminus of the Borders Railway when it opens in autumn 2015. Unique to the route, Tweedbank will be double-tracked with a central lengthened island platform to allow it to be used for longer charter trains. Communities throughout the Scottish Borders will also be served by a 240-space car park at the station which will enable them to park and ride, with a travel time of less than one hour to Edinburgh Waverley. Local buses are also planned to be linked with the station to create an easier connection to Midlothian, Edinburgh and further afield.
A new roundabout on Tweedbank Drive, next to the Tweedbank Industrial Estate, will allow drivers to access the station and use the car park. Other facilities will include 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park and a customer help point system on the platform. For cyclists travelling to the station to catch a train, there will be sheltered cycle storage facilities.
The village of Tweedbank itself sits between Galashiels and Melrose and is separated from Galashiels by the River Tweed. The new station lies at the heart of Tweedbank beside the forestry of the Lowood estate. Departing from Tweedbank, rail passengers will head to Galashiels for their first stop, across the Redbridge Viaduct over the scenic River Tweed.
Pedestrian links will allow passengers to connect to nearby Melrose, the Borders General Hospital, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency, the Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate, the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, as well as residential housing. Users of Tweedbank’s astro-turf pitch and indoor bowling club, as well as parents and pupils of Tweedbank Primary School, will also be well served by the station.
For visitors to the area, Abbotsford House, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott, is a short 20 minute walk from the station. In 2013, the house was reopened after a multi-million pound restoration project. The house forms part of a string of historic sites and towns throughout the Scottish Borders which tourists will be able to access by train.