Nominations sought for Golden Ticket seats on Scottish Borders railway

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Golden Tickets for the first passenger-carrying train on the new rail link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank will be issued during the summer.

They will give residents from the Scottish Borders and a relative or a friend an historic ride on the longest new rail link to be built in Britain in 100 years.

The £300 million Borders Railway comes into service on Sunday, September 6, along part of the Waverley Route which closed in January 1969.

Scottish Borders Council wants the public to nominate individuals for seats on each of three special trains each carrying 160 Golden Ticket passengers.

A train will leave from each of the three stations in the Borders – Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank and each will cover the entire route to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

The journeys will take place on Saturday, September 5 - the day before the timetable becomes operational.

The council wants the community to nominate unsung heroes, people with connections to the new railway or the old Waverley Route and people who have had a challenging year.

The first Golden Ticket was handed today (Monday) to David Romanis who wrote to the Queen, Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Transport Minster Richard March and provosts throughout the Borders, urging against the closure. His dad, Herbert, worked on the Waverley Route for 47 years.

David, is President of the Braw Lads’ Gathering in Galashiels, a past president of the town’s Rotary Club and is involved with the TD1 Youth Club and Galashiels Probus Club.

He said ; “I am delighted and humbled to be the first Golden Ticket recipient.”.

“It is fantastic to see trains ready to return to Galashiels.”

Council Leader David Parker commented; “I would encourage everyone to submit nominations for this historic and unique Golden Ticket opportunity.”

To nominate visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/goldenticket or visit the council’s Facebook or Twitter Pages.

Or check out pages 12 and 13 of this week’s Southern Reporter, out on Thursday.