Work to build the Borders Railway has entered its most important stage, as track laying gets underway.
30 miles of track will be put down from Edinburgh to Tweedbank over the next two weeks.
The rail installation works were officially launched near Edinburgh this morning.
Jenny Longden was there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are concerns in Galashiels that the town isn't ready for the re-introduction of the Borders railway next year.
A community group has been formed by local people hoping to make improvements made to the town centre.
Jenny Longden reports:
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 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.
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.