Galashiels Transport Interchange building to be officially opened on Thursday

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A ceremony to mark the completion of the £5.2million Galashiels Transport Interchange will be held on Thursday, August 6 – exactly a month before the Borders Railway carries its first paying passengers.

The building will be open to the public on Monday, August 10, with Thursday’s event seeing Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker, and David Houston of the Galashiels Roads Stakeholders Group jointly opening the landmark building.

It will provide a direct link from the railway, as well as forming the town’s new bus station and business hub.

A plaque to mark a time capsule created by TD1 Youth Hub, which has been buried at the site, will also be unveiled to mark the occasion.

Also, it was revealed this week that the Transport Interchange’s café area will be run by Born in the Borders, which last year opened its visitor centre at Lanton Mill near Jedburgh.

The new café will be situated on the ground floor between the railway platform and bus stances, and will open later this month.

Born in the Borders owner John Henderson said: “For Born in the Borders to be right at the heart of the new Borders Railway in the Galashiels Transport Interchange is a huge opportunity for us.

“We want to showcase the very best food and drink products the Borders has to offer to both tourists and local commuters.”

And Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for economic development, Stuart Bell, said: “Born in the Borders already has a fantastic reputation in the region and I am sure the new café will be a real asset to the Transport Interchange.

“The Transport Interchange will be an eye-catching entry point to the Borders Railway, directing footfall into the centre of the town and providing a business hub.

“Having a vibrant and welcoming café for those travelling through the interchange will provide a great first impression.”