Scotland: New 30-mile route steam train to boost tourism



Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond announced that train services will start from Tweedbank in the Borders to Edinburgh from September 6, 2015. Currently, work is underway on the multi-million pound project.

Upon completion, a steam train will travel on the 30-mile line, through seven new stations, in order to boost tourism.

Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker stated, “I am delighted that the First Minister is able to come to the Borders and announce significant plans to further strengthen the tourism potential of the railway. The First Minister’s pledge to work jointly with the council to deliver the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre and other improvements is fantastic news.”

Liberal Democrat politician and Member of Scottish Parliament Jim Hume urged the government to extend the line to Hawick.

A number of measures have been announced to further increase the tourism potential of the new train service. These measures include, extending the platform at Galashiels Station for longer tourist trains, constructing new footpath at Newtongrange Station for direct access to Scottish Mining Museum, Wifi access and a trained displaying advertising, promoting the tourist potential of the Borders.