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Golden Ticket winners announced

The new Borders Railway. Credit: ITV Border

Twenty-five "deserving" people from the Scottish Borders have won tickets to ride on one of the first trains of the new Borders Railway.

Residents had been asked to nominate local people, who they felt deserved a ticket because of, for example, their community work.

All of the winners will be presented with their Golden Tickets on Saturday 5 September - the day before the new Borders Railway opens to the public.

The winners are:

  • Chirnside - Karen Wallace
  • Darnick - Karen Smith
  • Earlston - Judith Burton, Steven Reid
  • Galashiels - Annika Hynes, Gladys Mein, Robert Hogarth, Tomasz Ryniecki, Lisa Scott & Nicky Jack
  • Hawick - Kaymarie Hughes, Logan Kennedy, Paula Smith, Sheila Jackson, Warren Law
  • Kelso - David Quarrie
  • Newtown St Boswells - Shona Pringle
  • Peebles - John Swanson, Julie Simpson
  • Selkirk - Jan Allison, Teresa Colbert
  • St Boswells - Carla How, Helen Kirkland
  • Tweedbank - Lyn Riley, Moira Mitchell
  • West Linton - Scott Murray

We have had a tremendous response to the Golden Ticket competition, and the selection panel had to make some difficult decisions to come up with the final list.

I look forward to welcoming all Golden Ticket recipients onto the trains on 5 September, which is going to be a historic and exciting day.”

– Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker

Borders Railway ticket prices announced

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ScotRail has announced the prices for the new Borders Railway, set to open in September.

The most expensive journey is an Adult Anytime Return from Tweedbank to Edinburgh at £16, with a Single costing £10.

A Weekly Season Ticket will cost £64.

The full list of prices can be found here.

Passengers have been urged not to buy their tickets until Friday 19 June.


Incorrect price listed for Borders Railway journey

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ScotRail has confirmed that the £30 fare being advertised for a journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank is a website mistake.

The company is keen to stress it is not a Borders Railway or ScotRail fare.

But it has warned that it is still a valid fare for another route and customers looking to book onto the Borders Railway should be aware as the price cannot currently be removed from the system.

The correct pricing is expected be available by the end of this week.

Ticket to/from further afield should be available by the end of the month.

The £30 fare is not a Borders Railway or ScotRail fare.

"It is for a journey via Berwick, and not for travel on the new Borders Railway line.

“The correct fares between Edinburgh and Tweedbank will be in the system by the end of this week, and we will update customers as soon as they are available.”

– Spokeswoman for ScotRail
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