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It's been a very long wait but today we finally got the date.
The first trains will run on the new Borders Railway on 6 September next year.
The First Minister, Alex Salmond visited the region this morning to make the announcement.
He also revealed plans to boost tourism by giving the Great Tapestry of Scotland a permanent home at Tweedbank station.
Kathryn Samson reports:
The First Minister says a new tourism centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland will make the Border Rail line of of the 'great visitor lines of Eurpoe'.
Alex Salmond unveiled the plans for the new centre in Tweedbank today, Wednesday 20 August, on the same day that he announced the first trains on the new Borders Railway will run from 6 September, 2015.
Alex Salmond has been in the Scottish Borders to announce plans for a new tourism centre in Tweedbank.
The First Minister made the announcement as he visited the Tweedbank station of the Borders Railway.
The multi-million pound site will host The Great Tapestry of Scotland - the world's longest tapestry, detailing the nation's history.
The announcement was made by the First Minister as he also unveiled plans for the first trains to run on the Borders Railway from 6 September 2015.
The first trains will run on the new Borders Railway on the 6 September 2015.
The long awaited date, was revealed by the First Minister this morning.
Visiting the site of Tweedbank station, Alex Salmond announced that the Great Tapestry of Scotland will have a permanent home there by 2016.
Scotland's First minister Alex Salmond will be in the Borders today to check on the progress of the Borders Railway.
The first rails have been laid for the £350 million project which is due to be completed in September next year.
Mr Salmond is expected to outline the economic benefits of the railway