More money to provide local railway boost

Borders Railway. Pic Peter Devlin
Borders Railway. Pic Peter Devlin

Midlothian Council is to commit a further £50,000 to maximise the economic impact of the Borders Railway on the county.

At last month’s full council meeting, councillors approved the supplementary estimate which comes in the wake of a £250,000 investment earlier last year.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), the cabinet member for economic development, said: “The railway opening has already been a huge success with passenger numbers far exceeding expectations.

“Indeed, it is estimated that more than one million people will travel on the line in its first year.

“With so many people either travelling from or coming to Midlothian, it’s vital therefore that we keep up the momentum to show people that the area is a great place in which to live, work and invest.”

This additional £50,000 will be spent over two years to continue marketing the Borders Railway and also on maintaining a high profile economic development web site to promote the line, opened last September.

Councillors also heard that at a local level, the economic development team is working with two companies who are expected to relocate along the Borders Railway corridor in Midlothian.

And, feasibility work is ongoing around a potential proposal to provide a hop on, hop off bus for railway visitors to key Midlothian attractions in the summer.