Midlothian’s treasures are a touch away

Cyclists Elspeth Desai and David West at Newtongrange Station with the new consoles.  Photo by Mike Wilkinson

Cyclists Elspeth Desai and David West at Newtongrange Station with the new consoles. Photo by Mike Wilkinson

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Health walks, cycle routes and public transport information is now available at the touch of a screen from Midlothian’s four rail stations.

Midlothian Council has introduced new interactive consoles at stations on the Borders Railway in a bid to show visitors what’s on offer in the county.

The consoles, at Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Shawfair and Eskbank stations, will allow locals, tourists and commuters to access maps, including those detailing town centres, public transport, countryside and health walks.

Users will also be able to access information about local attractions and events through the ‘Visit Midlothian’ section.

They can plan their journey using Traveline and learn more about sharing their journey and saving money with Tripshare Midlothian.

The council is already funding a new hop-on, hop-off tourist bus, Service 527. The bus, which operates until October, links the rail line with communities and local visitor attractions.

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member for travel, has welcomed the initiative. He said: “We want as many people as possible, both from within and outwith the area, to enjoy the wonderful facilities on our doorstep.

“These consoles will be a great service for people looking for everything from a walk they can do easily from each station to a cycle path or information about how to get to the nearest town centre.”

The consoles are part of the ‘Out and About Midlothian’ project, funded by Midlothian Council in conjunction with the Scottish Government programme ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ run by Paths for All.

The project aims to promote the benefits of sustainable travel, including walking, cycling and public transport in Midlothian, with the campaign continuing throughout the summer.

More about the maps can be found at: www.midlothian.gov.uk/out-and-about