On track for the Borders Rail opening

The Borders Railway opens this weekend
The Borders Railway opens this weekend

ScotRail has announced more details about its plans for the opening events for the new Borders Railway.

The first services on Sunday will run with additional carriages, but are expected to be very busy. The first northbound service departs Tweedbank at 8.45am, and the first southbound train from Edinburgh leaves at 9.11am, with an hourly service in each direction until around 11pm.

Tickets for travel on Borders trains cannot be reserved for a particular service, so queuing systems will be in place at busier stations. ScotRail is encouraging people to buy their tickets in advance online or by telephone – although they can be bought on the day as well. Passengers who can travel later in the day on Sunday will face shorter queues.

Space will be kept on trains departing Edinburgh and Tweedbank to allow room for customers boarding at intermediate stations.

The Borders Railway will be officially opened by The Queen on Wednesday, September 9 and as a result Newtongrange and Tweedbank car parks will be used as spectator areas for people in the local community during the celebrations.

Both car parks will close at 12.01am on Tuesday, September 8 and will reopen at 9pm on Wednesday, September 9 - or earlier if possible. All customers are asked to remove their vehicles from both locations before the closure.

A ScotRail spokesman said: “Excitement is growing and we are doing all we can to help people enjoy the occasion. We’ve put a few measures in place to achieve this and we would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding.”

Please note that any vehicle left in the car park after midnight on Monday, September 7 will be removed in accordance with railway byelaws.

More information on car park closures and service alterations is available at www.scotrail.co.uk/borders-service-alterations