Connections are the key

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You last week reported Bryan McGrath, Scottish Borders Council’s chief economic development officer, as saying the real gains (around the opportunities offered by the central Borders railway) will come from making “wider links and connections”.

I do hope he is thinking about physical transport links and not just intellectual ones.

It’s no good enticing public transport tourists into the area via the rail link if they end up marooned in Galashiels or Tweedbank, with no high-quality connections to other attractions such as Abbotsford. It won’t do the Borders economy much good if, for example, tourists travel down to Tweedbank to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland and then get straight back on the train to Edinburgh, having consumed no more than a coffee and a scone.

Bob Stock

Abbotsview Drive

Galashiels