Historic day for Midlothian as Queen visits

The Queen, pictured at the royal garden party at Holyrood, will be visiting Midlothian on Wednesday
The Queen, pictured at the royal garden party at Holyrood, will be visiting Midlothian on Wednesday

Hundreds of school children and local residents are expected to welcome The Queen to Newtongrange on Wednesday, September 9

Her Majesty will be in Midlothian to unveil a plaque at the new Borders Railway station to commemorate its opening.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will make the rail journey on the Union of South Africa steam train on the day Her Majesty becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch.

Midlothian Council chief executive Kenneth Lawrie said: “In Midlothian, we are extremely proud of our partnership role in getting this vital transport link reopened. The railway line and the four new stations will transform the Midlothian economy, bring new jobs, investment and housing.”

The Royal party will set off from Edinburgh Waverley where 10 pupils from Newtongrange, Stobhill, Gorebridge, St Andrew’s and King’s Park Primaries will be among a 40-strong guard of honour.

The train will arrive at Newtongrange Station at approximately 10.55am. Provost Joe Wallace will invite The Queen to unveil the plaque before the royal party departs at approximately 11.15am.

Where can you see the Royal train?

While closed to vehicles, Newtongrange Station car park will be open to the public who want to watch the ceremony.

Council stewards will be at all 28 railway bridges and crossings on the day.

The main bridges are at: Shawfair Station; King’s Gate, near Sheriffhall; Melville Road, Bonnyrigg Road and Lasswade Road, Dalkeith; Murdendean Road and Brewers’ Bush, Newtongrange; Lady Brae and Station Road, Gorebridge.

The A7 will be closed between the junction of Main Street and Dalhousie Road, Newtongrange, between 9am and noon.

Parking restrictions will be in place at King’s Gate and Butlerfield, Newtongrange.