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Borders Railway

The Borders Railway will re-establish passenger railway services, for the first time since 1969, from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.  Passenger services will commence on Sunday 6 September 2015.

Under Construction

The £294m (2012 prices)  project remains on schedule to be delivered on time and within budget. The new line will deliver major economic and social development opportunities by providing a fast and efficient rail link connecting communities in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian to Edinburgh and beyond. It will significantly increase the accessibility of jobs for the people of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. As a result of creating an attractive public transport alternative to the car, approximately 60,000 peak car trips per year will be cut from the region’s roads.

Construction of the new Borders Railway commenced in April 2013 and significant progress can be seen along the route. Tracklaying will be completed in February 2015 with construction scheduled for completion in June 2015 with passenger services available, following a period of driver training, on 6 September 2015.

An estimated 866 directly employed staff have worked 2.1 million hours since construction began. Including supplier personnel directly employed by the project, the total number of project jobs is in excess of 1,100 with local people and suppliers the main beneficiary.

Transport Scotland has now revealed the preferred service timetables and fares structures for the new railway.

While both are still subject to agreement of the industry, including the recently appointed new franchisee Abellio, these are the fares and timetables which have been promoted by Scottish Ministers.

Borders Railway Timetable Features

  • The services will operate on a regular clock face departure every 30 minutes from Edinburgh to Tweedbank and from Tweedbank to Edinburgh.
  • Departure times from Edinburgh are planned to be at 24 and 54 minutes past each hour. From Tweedbank they are planned to be at 28 and 58 minutes past each hour.
  • The majority of end to end journeys will be achieved in 55 minutes or less. On some occasions this has not been possible due to conflicts with other operators services in and around Edinburgh.
  • At peak times four services in the morning will continue through Edinburgh towards Fife , which will serve Haymarket , South Gyle and the proposed New station at Edinburgh Gateway where connections will be available for Edinburgh Airport with a similar arrangement in the evening for return journeys where four services from the Fife direction will continue through to Tweedbank.
  • The first service from Tweedbank is at 05:20 during the week and will connect into the 06:25 East Coast service from Edinburgh arriving at London Kings Cross at 10:51 creating a total journey time from Tweedbank to London in around five ½ hours.
  • First and last services as follows:




    From Edinburgh From Tweedbank From Edinburgh From Tweedbank From Edinburgh From Tweedbank
    First Last First Last First Last First Last First Last First Last
    0544 2354 0520 2328 0555 2355 0530 2331 0911 2311 0845 2245
  • Service frequency is hourly after 20:00 hours in the evening and on Sundays.
  • Stow has an hourly service except during peak times when it is served ½ hourly.
  • On arrival at Edinburgh the following connectional times are provided, 10 minutes being the minimum connectional time for transfer at Edinburgh:
    • Towards Glasgow services within 20 minutes.
    • Towards Dundee/Aberdeen services within 30 minutes.
    • Towards Inverness/Perth services within 10 minutes.
    • Towards Fife services within 20/25 minutes.
    • Towards North Berwick services within 15 minutes.
    • Towards Newcastle/York/London services within 20/30 minutes.

Anytime Single (consumer fares)

The proposed price of Anytime Single tickets between each of the stations on the Borders route is set out in the table below.

2014 prices Tweedbank Galashiels Stow Gorebridge Newtongrange Eskbank Shawfair Newcraighall Brunstane Waverley
Galashiels £1.80                  
Stow £3.20 £1.80                
Gorebridge £5.90 £5.30 £2.80              
Newtongrange £6.50 £6.10 £4.60 £2.00            
Eskbank £7.00 £6.50 £5.10 £2.40 £1.70          
Shawfair £7.20 £6.90 £5.70 £3.00 £2.20 £1.50        
Newcraighall £8.30 £7.90 £6.40 £3.80 £3.10 £2.60 £1.10      
Brunstane £8.80 £8.30 £6.90 £4.30 £3.50 £3.10 £2.00 £1.30    
Waverley £9.80 £9.10 £7.70 £5.20 £4.60 £4.30 £3.20 £2.40 £2.40  
Haymarket £9.80 £9.10 £7.70 £5.20 £4.60 £4.30 £3.20 £2.40 £2.40 £2.10

Approximate values for discounted end-to-end fares (Waverley to Tweedbank)

Return and season tickets can offer discounts to passengers on the route. Please note the fares below are indicative.

Fare type Typical reduction Fare anticipated
Anytime return 20% £15.70
Off-peak return One third reduction £13.10
Weekly season ticket 7 days for the price of 4 £62.80


Borders Railway Blueprint

On 17 November 2014, the First Minister set out an ambition to realise the full economic benefits of the new Borders Railway, transform tourism opportunities and open up communities in South-East Scotland as new places to live, work, visit, learn, play and grow.

In addition to the 600,000 journeys expected to take place, the First Minister declared that Midlothian and the Borders should aim over time at attracting 1 million travellers down the new railway line.

Plans include:

  • Shawfair, a 4,000 new home community with local amenities and a school build around the rail way in Midlothian due to open in September 2016;
  • A pilot scenic steam train experience;
  • An iconic home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland;
  • A modern Central Borders Business Park; and
  • Making existing attractions, such as the National Mining Museum Scotland at Newtongrange, more accessible as a result of new, faster public transport links.
  • For further information on the project please see the Borders Railway website.

Hardengreen timelapse

Four bridge beams were successfully installed over the weekend of 14 to 17 February as part of the construction of the new Hardengreen rail bridge. The time-lapse footage below shows the 1,200 tonne crane and the four 107 tonne beams being hoisted into place. Find out more.


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