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More than 2.6 million people have travelled on the Borders railway since it reopened two years ago.

More than 2.6 million people have travelled on the Borders railway Credit: PA

More than 2.6 million people have travelled on the Borders railway since it reopened two years ago.

The 31-mile Borders Railway route stretching from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank was officially opened by HM The Queen on 9 September 2015.

Over 2.6million passengers have travelled on the Borders railway line since it re-opened in September 2015

2.6m+
passengers have travelled on the Borders railway line since it re-opened in September 2015

65% of visitors that used the line stated that the railway line was a factor in their decision to make their trip.

65%
of visitors stated the railway line was a factor in their decision to make the trip

A 10.6% rise in visitors to Abbotsford House in Melrose between 2015 and 2016.

10.6%
rise in visitors to Abbotsford House in Melrose between 2015 and 2016.

An 8% rise in tourism employment in the Scottish Borders.

8%
rise in tourism employment in the Scottish Borders.

Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships at VisitScotland said:

We want to ensure that the spotlight continues to shine on the regions surrounding the Borders Railway and the next phase of our international marketing campaign will focus on inspiring overseas visitors from Canada and Germany to make the trip."

– Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships at VisitScotland

Lindley Kirkpatrick, Head of ScotRail’s Borders Railway programme said:

The Borders Railway has been an extraordinary success. Each and every day thousands of people are travelling to and from the region for work, to study and to catch up with friends and family.

It has also really opened up this most beautiful part our country to the tourism market that is so important for our country. Businesses are thriving, communities are being strengthened and opportunities are being opened up for people young and old."

– Lindley Kirkpatrick, Head of ScotRail’s Borders Railway