Two Borders College students who live in Dalkeith are making the commute to college using the latest transport available to them – the new Borders Railway.
Rebecca Saunders and Kathryn Gardner (both 17), are studying on the Fashion Make-up HNC course at Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.
Having researched the options for studying fashion make-up, the ladies decided that studying at Borders College was the best option for them to help get their fashion careers on track.
“Travelling to Edinburgh, then across to one of the Edinburgh College campuses would take just as long as it does to get to Borders College,” said Rebecca.
Prior to the new Borders Railway opening, Rebecca and Kathryn both used the bus or a car to make the journey, but are now delighted with the train service to Galashiels, which they get on at Newtongrange Train Station.
Kathryn added: “It only takes us 35 minutes to travel from Newtongrange to Galashiels, which passes really quickly with wi-fi on board the train.”
Looking ahead to the time when they have completed their course, Kathryn would like to continue her studies to HND level, with perhaps a year out to travel.
While Rebecca would like to get into the world of work and get a job, perhaps on a make-up counter.
James Ledgerwood, ScotRail’s head of economic development, was delighted to hear about the fashion duo using the new route daily.
He said: “It’s absolutely great to hear that these students have been makin g the most of the Borders Railway and using it to travel to and from college, and we hope that this will continue for many years to come.
“Stories like this really highlight the positive social and economic impact the new line has already had on the communities in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.”