Rail partnership to benefit the Borders

Communities at Tweedbank.
Communities at Tweedbank.

A Borders Railway Community Partnershiphas been set up to work closely with community groups, regional organisations and local businesses, as well as the rail industry and local authorities, to ensure there is strong community engagement and ownership of the line and stations.

The move was announced by Cabinet secretary Keith Brown MSP, who said: “Community Rail Partnerships are an excellent initiative to drive community involvement in local railway lines.

“The Scottish Government has supported the Borders railway because of the significant economic and social benefit for the region.

“I believe that the Borders Railway Community Partnership will help to ensure that these benefits will be felt throughout the communities.”

Emma McCallum, Abbotsford Trust marketing and PR officer said: “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors arriving by train to Abbotsford and can see that by working together we can encourage them to stay longer and see more of what the Borders has to offer.”

Mike Kean, rail development director at Abellio UK said: “We began our engagement several months ago with stakeholders in the Borders. From April 1, when we take over the franchise, we will roll out our plans and we are confident that these will ensure that the impact of the new Borders railway will reach out to a wide range of key stakeholders and result in it being a huge success.”