Councillors go off the rails at lack of toilets

The Borders Railway'The project marks the completion of 30 miles of track laying at Tweedbank Station.Galashiels.
The Borders Railway'The project marks the completion of 30 miles of track laying at Tweedbank Station.Galashiels.

Two members of the ruling administration at Scottish Borders Council have criticised the decision to not provide toilets at the railway terminus at Tweedbank.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities, told us: “It seems to have passed the point for a toilet to be in Tweedbank: there were not going to be any, and there will not be any.”

Plans for the station were discussed in meetings with Network Rail in 2014, but most suggestions, including toilets, were ignored.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure, told Selkirk Community Council the option was discounted because there would be toilets on the trains.

Ms Davidson argued: “If it is a terminus, you’d hope there would be a toilets. If people were going to Edinburgh, they’d leave their cars at Tweedbank, or they’d be waiting to pick people up.”

Mr Edgar said there would be no manned information area for tourists, and no parking space for visitors’ coaches.

These decisions, he said, were not the responsibility of Scottish Borders Council, which was in charge of publicity.