Railway visitors get a warm Gala welcome

Borders Railway Ambassadors Jim Watters and Rachel Collins at Galashiels Transport Interchange to welcome the first visitors to arrive at the station

Borders Railway Ambassadors Jim Watters and Rachel Collins at Galashiels Transport Interchange to welcome the first visitors to arrive at the station

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Rail visitors to the Borders are being given a cheery welcome at Stow, Tweedbank and Galashiels by the new Borders Railway Ambassadors.

Ambassadors Rachel Collins and Jim Watters were at Galashiels Transport Interchange to welcome the first visitors to arrive at the station by steam train last week.

Rachel and Jim, both from Galashiels, are among seven newly recruited ambassadors who are providing local advice and information to visitors using the new Borders Railway. Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is funding the posts.

Clad in bright red and seeking out visitors, the ambassadors are able to handle accommodation queries, advise on things to see and do as well as provide information on local events and are promoting the wonderful local food and the wide variety of places to eat out.

Business has been brisk so far, and ambassadors will be on hand every Friday to Sunday until November and will also be in attendance on each day the steam train service operates during this time.

Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for economic development, said: “The Borders Railway Ambassadors are providing an important service to visitors to the Scottish Borders and have already had a busy weekend helping the very first tourists who arrived on the new railway.

Councillor Bell added: “Ticket sales for the pilot steam train services have been phenomenal and these will bring thousands of people to the Scottish Borders over the next six weeks.”