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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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Multi-million pound Border tourism centre announced

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will move to Tweedbank by 2016 Credit: ITV News Border

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 First trains will run on the Borders railway by 6 September 2015 Credit: ITV News Border

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.

First trains on Border Railway by next September

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will move to Tweedbank by 2016 Credit: ITV News Border

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.

B710 opens after three month closure

The B710 which connects Clovenfords to the A7 has been re-opened after a three month closure.

It was closed as part of the Borders Railway project to allow construction work on a new bridge at Bowlands.

Today, Thursday 10 July, all the traffic restrictions were lifted.

Work to the bridge will continue throughout the summer. Some of this work in August will need to be completed under temporary traffic lights.

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