Full steam ahead as last track laid on Borders railway

To mark the completion of the track installation of The Borders Railway at Tweedbank Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities joins the project team to clip the final length of track. L-r, Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for the Borders Railway, Keith Brown and Nissar Mohammed of BAM Nuttall. Workers with Keith Brown (blue hat)

To mark the completion of the track installation of The Borders Railway at Tweedbank Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities joins the project team to clip the final length of track. L-r, Hugh Wark, Network Rail project director for the Borders Railway, Keith Brown and Nissar Mohammed of BAM Nuttall. Workers with Keith Brown (blue hat)

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Council leader David Parker and MSP Christine Graham were on hand last Thursday to see the final length of rail put in place on the new Borders railway.

Ms Grahame joined other campaigners at Tweedbank this morning to watch as Keith Brown MSP, who arrived on the first train to reach the end of the line, clipped the rail in place. Ms Grahame said: “What a beautiful day for such a historic event to take place and in just a few months time we will see trains carrying people to work, study and social events, as well as bringing visitors here. To see the rails completed was exciting enough, but to actually see people travelling on it will be a real thrill, as it restores community links, boosts local economies and improves opportunities for those living near the line and those travelling to the region. To the sceptics out there, I say embrace the line and encourage people to use it for the good of Borders and future generations who will hopefully stay here and contribute to the local community socially and economically.”