Community plans are well on track for Borders Railway

Borders Railway: work being done on the new railway at Eskbank.
Borders Railway: work being done on the new railway at Eskbank.

A new partnership has been set up to ensure there is strong community engagement with and ownership of the Borders Railway.

The Borders Railway Community Partnership will cover the length of the line from Waverley to Tweedbank through Midlothian, working closely with community groups, regional organisations and local businesses as well as the rail industry and local authorities.

Association of Community Rail Partnerships’ local development officer Annette Filby explained more about what the partnership will do.

She said: “The partnership is open to all groups and organisations along the length of the line who would like to be involved.

“An action we plan to undertake in the coming months are drop in sessions near each station to share information on the plans for the new stations and the ways in which the local communities can get involved.”

Having a train station in Gorebridge has ensured that Gorebridge Community Council and Gorebridge Development Trust have been actively involved in the Borders Railway Community Partnership.

Eddie Robertson, chairman of Gorebridge Community Council hopes the partnership will help capitalise on the railway’s return.

He said: “We want to be pro-active to make the most of the opportunity that this will bring to our town and know that being a member of the partnership can help 
support us to achieve our plans.”

To join the partnership call 07715082182 or email

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