One of Midlothian’s top tourist attractions is hoping it is on the right track with a new partnership to take advantage of the Borders Railway.
From next week, visitors heading for Rosslyn Chapel, in Roslin, will be able to use the new rail line, thanks to an innovative partnership between the historic church and Aerial ABW taxis.
When the Borders Railway opens to passengers on September6, taxis will meet trains at the new Eskbank station and provide a shuttle service to Rosslyn Chapel.
Trains will run on the line every half hour, from Monday to Saturday, and hourly on Sundays. For the first time since 1969, the line will re-establish a passenger line between Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.
Ian Gardner, director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aerial ABW Cabs, the largest taxi and private hire company in Midlothian, to offer this service to visitors using the new Borders Railway.
“The new railway will greatly improve access to Midlothian and this partnership will make it even easier to visit Rosslyn Chapel by public transport.”
The journey from Edinburgh to Eskbank will take 18 minutes and the journey from Tweedbank to Eskbank will take 37 minutes. The taxi journey to Rosslyn Chapel will take around a further 10 minutes.
Rob Shorthouse, ScotRail’s client and communications director, added: “This partnership is a brilliant example of the great tourism and leisure opportunities offered by the new Borders Railway.
“It’ll allow tourists to easily visit the historic Rosslyn Chapel and enjoy the beauty of the famous venue.”
Les Fraser of Aerial ABW Cabs, said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Rosslyn Chapel and the new Borders Railway in this way, by connecting the two sites through our fleet of taxis.
“Many people will want to try the new rail service and Rosslyn Chapel is sure to be one of the most popular destinations for passengers.”
Rosslyn Chapel, which was founded in 1446, is still a working church. The mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework has inspired, intrigued and attracted visitors for generations.
The chapel came to prominence after featuring in Dan Brown’s novel, The da Vinci Code, which was published in 2003. The chapel is open to visitors all year round and last year welcomed 160,000 people.
Over the past decade the chapel has been at the centre of a multi-million pound conservation and restoration programme.