Going Dutch means tourism lift for Borders railway

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Dutch operators who will run Scotland’s trains have given a boost to the Borders Railway ahead of its opening next September.

Abellio has confirmed the route will become part of the Great Scenic Railways of Scotland network.

And that will be seen by rail supporters in the Borders as an opportunity to bring more tourists into the area.

And Abellio also appears to have boosted hopes of re-opening Reston station in Berwickshire.

They have promised revised timetables on the East Coast line which can accommodate what they describe as future calls at Edinburgh Gateway, East Linton, Reston and Winchburgh.

Abellio, a subsidiary of state-owned Dutch railways, took the contract from holders FirstRail, a wing of bus operators First Group.

Three other companies also tendered bids for the £6billion, 10-year franchise, which comes into place in April.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This is a contract that will benefit the whole of Scotland.”

Meanwhile, the first tracks have been laid on the new Edinburgh-Tweedbank line. A machine, capable of laying one kilometre a day will have the task completed by the end of the year. The 30-miles of new track is the longest new domestic route built in the UK in 100 years.