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Longest domestic track in the UK for over 100 years.

Work has begun to lay track along the route of the new Borders Railway.

It's a major milestone for the project, which is still on track to be running by September next year. Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown joined Network Rail bosses to officially launch this important phase of the project this morning.

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An 'historic day' for Borders Railway

Keith Brown near Edinburgh Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown says today is an historic day as track-laying officially gets underway near Edinburgh.

A state-of-the-art machine has been brought in to lay down the 30 mile track, which will take just over two weeks to complete.

The Borders Railway is expected to establish passenger rail services by September 2015.

"It is genuinely an historic day to see the track being laid for the first time in 40 years bringing the railway back to Midlothian and the Borders. It is a hugely exciting for local people, as this is the biggest domestic railway project in terms of length of rail in the UK for 100 years."

– Keith Brown

Borders Railway 'on track'

The first section of track-laying for Borders Railway Credit: ITV News Border

Work has begun to install almost 30 miles of rail on the Borders Railway as track-laying begins.

Transport Minister Keith Brown and Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail, visited the site this morning.

By the end of the year almost 30 miles of track will have been installed. Credit: ITV News Border

Full steam ahead for Borders Railway

The laying of the tracks is the final phase Credit: ITV Border

The first tracks will be installed for the new Borders Railway today.

They'll be put down at Shawfair Station in Edinburgh, and the railway is expected to bring benefits to the south of Scotland.

The laying of the tracks marks the final phase of work on the longest domestic rail track to be built in the UK for more than 100 years.

By the end of the year almost 30 miles of track will have been installed.

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Community calls to improve Galashiels

A community group has been formed to campaign for improvements to Galashiels town centre, ahead of the railway line re-opening next year.

Energise Galashiels is a public group made up of business owners and members of the local community.

They are concerned than when the Waverley line brings trains to Galashiels from next September, visitors will be greeted by empty shops as they approach the town centre.

They will be attending a public meeting at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels this evening.

Councillor Bill White is chairing the meeting, to promote community involvement in making improvements to the town.

Galashiels could 'miss out' on rail benefits

It's feared Galashiels could miss out on the benefits Credit: ITV Border

Galashiels is in danger of missing out on the benefits of the re-introduction of the Borders Railway next year, according to a local pressure group.

Energise Galashiels believes the town needs to do more to make the town attractive for tourists.

A public meeting will be held tonight at Volunteer Hall.

Trains to run on Borders Railway from 6 September 2015

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:

Tourism centre will be on a 'great visitor line of Europe'

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.

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