The popularity of the 30-mile stretch of track linking Edinburgh with the Scottish Borders has led to year-on-year increases in passenger numbers, with a further 5.8 per cent boost to numbers achieved this year; an impressive 1.5 million journeys in total.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, said: “The Borders Railway has been a phenomenal success as it continues to grow in both popularity and bringing benefits to the local economy.
“The ongoing increase in passenger numbers since it opened three years ago demonstrates it is acting as a catalyst for investment while opening up employment, leisure and education opportunities for communities along its length.
“We continue to look at ways to develop the potential of the line and the recommendations from the Borders Transport Corridors Study will, in turn, feed into the on-going Strategic Transport Projects Review.”
As the longest new line built in the UK for over a century, the iconic route takes customers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour, with a half hourly service for most of the day.
The project included seven new stations – Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank.
Since its official opening by the Queen in 2015, the line has had a significant economic and social impact on the area.
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