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Fun facts: Borders Railway

It's nearly time for the Borders Railway to open to the public, but how much do you know about the track?

Here's some fun facts:

  • 30 miles - the length of the new stretch of track
  • £300 million - the cost to build it
  • 1,100 workers - have been building it over the last year
  • 132 bridges - that had to be refurbished or built
  • 804,000 tonnes of earth - had to be shifted
  • 25.4km of drains - were installed
  • 25,000 bacon rolls - were eaten by workers

And the one figure that stops increasing this weekend..?

It's been 46 years and eight months since the Waverley Line last carried passengers.

I am the Train: singer serenades Borders Railway

Scottish Borders singer George Inglis has released a special song serenading the new Borders Railway:

The £300m Borders Railway opens to the public on Sunday, and will be officially opened by the Queen next Wednesday.

  • To comment on the song, you can visit our Facebook page
  • If you want to attend the official opening, you can find times here

Model railway: sneak preview of the Borders Railway

Anna Freemantle at the train. Credit: ITV Border

Supermodel Anna Freemantle has been checking out the brand new Borders Railway, which opens to the public on Sunday.

This train, at Waverley Station, is on its way to the Borders right now.

We'll give you a glimpse of the first trip on Lookaround at 6pm, and on our website throughout the day.

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Leading campaigner calls on extension of Borders Railway

Madge Elliot and David Steel at Downing Street Credit: Bruce McCartney

Madge Elliot has led campaigns to re-open the Borders Railway, ever since its closure in 1969.

She's delighted the line to Tweedbank is finished, and will open to the public this weekend.

But she says the next aim should be to complete the link, and extend it to Carlisle.

I would like to see it back for the benefit of the young folk. The scenery alone would attract people from all over the world. The scenery between Hawick and Esk Bank is beautiful."

– Madge Elliot

Borders Railway opening details confirmed

The schedule has been released. Credit: ITV Border

Do you want to attend the opening ceremony of the new Borders Railway, or ride on one of the first trains?

It opens to the public on Sunday 6 September, and on Wednesday 9 September the Queen will unveil a plaque at Tweedbank Station.

The schedule for the events has now been finalised by Scottish Borders Council.

Sunday 6 September:

  • The first public services are expected to be very busy. The first northbound service departs Tweedbank at 08:45 and the first southbound train from Edinburgh leaves at 09:11, with an hourly service in each direction until around 23:00
  • Tickets for travel on Borders trains cannot be reserved for a particular service, so queuing systems will be in place at busier stations
  • ScotRail is encouraging people to buy their tickets in advance online or by telephone – although they can be bought on the day as well. Passengers who can travel later in the day on 6 September will face shorter queues

Wednesday 9 September:

  • The car park at Tweedbank Station will be a free public spectator area for the Queen's visit. Local bands will be playing from 11am, and the event is being compered by Alasdair Hutton, the voice of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Queen is due to arrive at 12.18pm
  • Entry is from 9.30am and bag searches will take place as a security precaution. It's expected to be very busy
  • Toilets will be available but there will be no catering/refreshment facilities on site so you may want to bring your own
  • People are advised to come by public transport. Buses will run as normal, train services are subject to alterations, and car access is via Melrose Roundabout

Want to see the Royal Steam Train?

The train will pass through these towns (times subject to change):

  • 11.24am Heriot
  • 11.35am Fountainhall
  • 11.56am Stow
  • 12.07pm Galashiels (train will slow down as it passes station)
  • 12.18pm Tweedbank
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