A new report has found that the Borders Railway is attracting new workers, homeowners and tourists to communities served by the line.
The independent study of 1,339 people published last week highlights that the service has been a major factor in decisions to relocate to the area, with 50 per cent of users who had moved house and over 80 per cent of those who changed jobs stated that the railway had been a factor in their decision. There was also a tourism benefit, with 23 per cent of visitors stating that they would not have made the trip without the line.
Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands said: The reopening of the Borders Railway was a momentous occasion for residents along its route, bringing with it economic, education and employment opportunities.
“This independent report provides solid evidence that the communities along the line are beginning to feel the benefit of our investment. The route’s popularity was already undisputed and we will continue to work with all the Blueprint Group members to ensure that it continues to act as a catalyst for further social and economic regeneration.”
Danny Cusick of Scottish Enterprise, who chairs the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, added:“This has been a very thorough study and it provides us with valuable insights into how the line is helping the whole region.
“There’s also a lot we can learn as we progress our shared efforts to maximise the economic, environmental and social benefits of the line.
“We are determined to build on this success further in coming years to establish the Borders Railway region as an excellent location for business, living, leisure and learning.”
The report, commissioned by Transport Scotland and the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, was carried out by Peter Brett Associates with the aim of evaluating the Borders Railway project’s success a year on from its re-opening.