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Don’t forget about Midlothian!

Pic Greg Macvean - 20/08/2014 - Borders Railway work takes place in Newtongrange by the site of the Newtongrange station / platorm which is still to be built

Pic Greg Macvean - 20/08/2014 - Borders Railway work takes place in Newtongrange by the site of the Newtongrange station / platorm which is still to be built

A local business leader has warned against Midlothian being forgotten in a tourism review of the soon-to-be re-opened Borders Railway.

Trains will run through Midlothian on the new Borders Railway from September 6 next year.

Last week First Minister Alex Salmond launched a study to look at how the line could be used to increase tourism along the route.

But Gordon Henderson, senior development manager, Scotland Federation of Small Businesses, questioned why Midlothian Council were not involved in the study while their Borders counterparts were.

He said: “I would hope Midlothian Council were involved too. I would like to think they are an equal partner in the process. There are, after all, more stations in Midlothian than the Borders.

“I would also like to see the name changed to the Waverly Line. As it’s called the Borders Railway, if you are a tourist and you see that then it’s pretty obvious that it just takes you to the Borders. Which means what for Midlothian? It’s just a piece of land you go through. So I think Midlothian needs to stand up and be noticed.”

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), cabinet member for economic development, said: “We are aware of this feasibility study and, rest assured, we will be making our voice heard. As one of three local authorities contributing a capped total of £30 million to the Borders Railway, we – along with the Midlothian Tourism Forum - are committed to be maximising the tourism, business and other economic benefits.”

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.

 

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