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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.

One-way system will be 'familiar to road users'

Road diversions are to be put in place in Galashiels town centre as work begins on a new railway station.

A temporary one-way system will be put in place from 27 July to 5 December along Ladhope Vale, Bridge Place and the junction of Stirling Street.

The work being carries out is part of the Borders Railway project.

“To allow us to carry out these works safely, we need to put in place an adequate exclusion zone and that requires implementing restrictions on traffic and pedestrians using the north side of Ladhope Vale.

“The temporary one-way system we are putting in place has been agreed with Scottish Borders Council and will be familiar to road users in Gala. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that these changes will cause and thank road users for their continued patience while we look to complete the construction of the railway by next summer.”

– Hugh Wark, Network Rail

One-way system in Galashiels as train station is built

A temporary one-way system is to be put in place in Galashiels town centre as construction work begins on a new train station at Ladhope Vale.

The work will take place between 27 July and 5 December as part of the Borders Railway construction.

Ladhope Vale, Bridge Place and the junction of Stirling Street will be added to the existing one-way system to maintain the flow of traffic.


Borders Railway fares split the region

It's been 45 years since trains travelled through the Scottish Borders.

But now the Borders Railway has moved another step closer in the minds of the people who may use it, after timetables and train fares were released.

The line won't be open for business until next year, but that hasn't stopped Transport Scotland from revealing journey details, to a mixed reaction from potential passengers, as Jenny Longden reports.

Mixed reviews for Borders Railway fares

There's been a mixed response to the timetable and fares released for the Borders Railway.

Transport Scotland say passengers will be able to travel from the Borders to Edinburgh for less than £10 each way, and in under an hour.

Some people think the £15.70 return ticket price is too expensive. Campaign for Borders Rail say it's reasonable, and the train times will suit everyone.

Border railway prices and timetable unveiled

The timetable and ticket prices for the new Border Railway have been revealed.

Transport Scotland says that the plans should mean that passengers can travel end-to-end on the new line for under £10. Trains will run from 5.20am until almost 1am.

A ticket from Tweedbank to Edinburgh will cost £9.80. From Galashiels, the ticket will cost £9.10, and from Stow it will be £7.70.

The first train leaves Tweedbank at 5.20am and the last train leaving Edinburgh will be at 11:54pm, arriving in at Tweedbank at 12.52am.

The railway is expected to be completed by summer 2015. You can see more information here.

Work to Redbridge viaduct begins

The Redbridge viaduct over the River Tweed will be closed from today Credit: ITV News Border

The Redbridge viaduct between Tweedbank and Galashiels has been closed so that work, linked with the Borders Railway, can be carried out.

A popular footpath which runs over the bridge will also be closed, meaning a diversion of a mile for the people who use it.

Hugh Wark from Network Rail said:"We know that the Redbridge Viaduct link between Langlee and Tweedbank is an extremely popular walking and cycling route and we've done all we can to retain that access until now.

"The improvements we're making to the bridge mean that this relatively short eight week closure is unavoidable - we apologise for the temporary inconvenience.

He continued: "The bridge itself is in excellent condition and the structural works required are minimal. Once complete, this grand old structure will form another iconic landmark on the Borders Railway route."

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