More than 1 million passenger journey in Borders Railway's first year
More than 1 million passenger journeys
Armed with a giant 1, William Aston, 5, Nylah Bargon, 6, Olivia Rose Hutchison, 5, Aegan White, 8, and Ben Halleran, 10, of Gore Glen Primary joined Cllr Johnstone and head teacher Pauline Marr to wish the line, which has exceeded the 1 million passenger journeys mark, a very happy birthday.
A fantastic achievement
Cllr Johnstone said: “To exceed 1 million passenger journeys in its first year is a fantastic achievement and shows the potential the line can have to transform Midlothian’s economy.
Council is committed to maximising the economic opportunities
“Here in Midlothian, we are committed to maximising the opportunities the four local stations, at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge, offer in making the county an even more attractive place in which to live, work, learn in and visit.
There's lots to celebrate
“We’ve certainly got plenty to celebrate at towns and villages down the line. For example, this brand new school at Gore Glen and the surrounding housing is served by both Newtongrange and Gorebridge railway stations making journeys to and from the city centre or the Borders in around 25 minutes.
“New statistics also show that the number of people visiting tourist attractions in Midlothian from January to July of this year compared to last year is up 4%.
A council report will detail the year's achievements and challenges
“A report to the full council on the Borders Railway will give more details of the achievements and challenges of the past year and our plans for the future.”
The new figure was announced by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and ScotRail Alliance managing director Phil Verster at a special event in Edinburgh Waverley this morning to mark the line’s first birthday.
Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen last year
Borders, which is the longest new line built in the UK for over a century, was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
More than 35,000,000 passenger miles have been travelled on more than 21,000 Borders Railway train services
News that more than 35,000,000 passenger miles have been travelled on more than 21,000 Borders Railway train services wouldn’t surprise Ben Halleran, of P5. He said he has travelled on the Borders Railway lots of times. “Mainly to the Fort for shopping,” he said.
With a new school and a railway line on their doorsteps, no wonder Ben and his fellow Gore Glen pupils were smiling.
Note: Visitor stats from the Visitor Attraction Barometer (Moffat Centre).
Pictured with Mrs Marr on left and Cllr Johnstone on right are, from left to right: Ben Halleran, 10, Olivia Rose Hutchison, 5, Aegan White, 8, Nylah Bargon, 6, and William Aston, 5.