Midlothian on track for economic growth

left to right is: Kenneth Lawrie, Nick Waugh, Iain Herbert, Sam Smith and James Palmer
left to right is: Kenneth Lawrie, Nick Waugh, Iain Herbert, Sam Smith and James Palmer

The council’s chief executive has told local business leaders that the new Borders Railway link will have a major impact on Midlothian.

Speaking to a packed audience of more than 120 businessmen and women at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange recently, Kenneth Lawrie said: “The impact on Midlothian will be enormous. This part of Scotland, and Midlothian in particular, will see the greatest economic growth in any part of the country for the next 20 years.”

James Ledgerwood of Abellio ScotRail said the opening of the new rail line in September will open up huge business opportunities by bringing the area to within 25 minutes of Edinburgh and one hour and 20 minutes of Glasgow.

Nick Waugh, Iain Herbert and James Palmer of Buccleuch Estates spoke of how the new line will benefit Dalkeith Country Park and development at Shawfair.

The audience at the event organised by Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, also heard the key themes of The Borders Rail Blueprint, launched last November to maximise the economic benefit of the railway.