Work starts on new station at heart of the Borders
Scottish Borders Council Leader, Cllr David Parker helped mark the start of excavation works at Tweedbank station on Tuesday 23rd July as he met the construction team delivering the southern section of the new Borders Railway.
The new station, off Tweedbank Drive, will sit at the heart of the Scottish Borders, with extensive park and ride facilities to allow passengers from throughout the Borders to easily access stations along the route. With 226 car parking spaces and dedicated bus stops, the station will also provide easy access into Edinburgh city centre and other stations on the new railway, as well as welcoming those travelling down the line from the north.
The station’s facilities will also include a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform, sheltered waiting areas and cycle parking facilities.
Hugh Wark, Project Director for the Borders Railway, said:
“The start of construction work at the site of Tweedbank Station brings the railway into the heart of the Scottish Borders. It will provide modern facilities and ample park and ride space to enable train users from Selkirk, Melrose and Newton St Boswells, Hawick, and elsewhere in Scottish Borders to easily access the new line.”
Council leader David Parker said: “This is another great landmark for the Borders Railway project. Tweedbank Station will be vital to the Scottish Borders economy and to local residents. As well as creating employment opportunities, it will allow access to existing workplaces in the area and it will form an important new transport hub for accessing the Borders General Hospital.
“With extra-long platforms, the station will have the capacity to bring excursion trains, many of which will bring tourists to nearby Melrose and beyond. In addition, the newly refurbished Abbotsford House will be only twenty minutes’ walk from the station. I am already looking forward to the first trains arriving in 2015.”
Tweedbank marks the terminus of the planned route from Edinburgh Waverley making up the new Borders Railway route. While work is predominantly focused on ground works at present, construction of all seven stations will begin next year.