Railway prospectus launched

Midlothian Council chief executive Kenneth Lawrie (left), with Andrew Mickel, Keith Brown and Annika Meiklejohn
Midlothian Council chief executive Kenneth Lawrie (left), with Andrew Mickel, Keith Brown and Annika Meiklejohn

The Borders Railway Prospectus has been launched, highlighting the opportunities along the railway corridor for investors and businesses.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, recently unveiled the www.bordersrailwayprospectus.com website and a promotional film to Scottish businesses, politicians, developers, agents, and legal, banking and advisory representatives.

Mr Brown said: “The Scottish Borders and Midlothian has a wealth of talent and opportunities available to potential investors that the railway has breathed new life into since its reopening in September. I am therefore calling on the investment community to get behind this prospectus and help the area reap the benefits of being reconnected to Scotland’s rail network again.”

The Borders Railway Prospectus markets site-specific development opportunities and the website provides information for businesses and investors . It includes an interactive map detailing available sites, video and contact details to explore opportunities 
further.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “This prospectus, which will be available both online and as a printed publication, will be invaluable in helping investors and businesses take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Borders Railway.”

Danny Cusick, chairman of the Borders Railway Blueprint Leaders Group, said: “Businesses and investors using the prospectus site can now view every opportunity available to them to capitalise on the transformational impact of the new line in creating new places to live, work, visit, learn, play and grow.”

It is hoped that as well as the railway, the continued rollout of high-speed fibre broadband and financial incentives available through the new assisted area status will boost Midlothian.