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13th September 2016

Borders Railway Celebrates First Birthday.

On the 6th of September 2016 the Borders Railway celebrated its first birthday after being without trains in the area for 46 years. The return of the railway has been hailed as a huge success by many locals.

Several hundred people queued at Tweedbank Station attempting to be the first passengers to board on the opening day of the Borders Railway. The Queen had officially opened the track on the 9th September, the same day as she became our country's longest serving monarch.

The first twelve months have not gone completely without issues, as would be expected within the first year of such a large transport project.

Overcrowding and numerous cancellations blighted the early success of the railway, but this has not stopped many steam trains from bringing visitors to the area via this track.

David Parker, Council leader said, "The railway is opening up work opportunities." He went on to add "Since it opened, it is helping to transform the economy of the Scottish Borders".

A spokesperson for ScotRail Alliance said the route was "an extraordinary success".

There is now a strong case to extend the line after a year in operation. Before the extension may take place, there is the opportunity to improve and enhance the service to improve reliability.

The current railway line travels through some amazingly beautiful countryside, giving travellers a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing experience whilst making their regular commutes, or leisure journeys. The steam trains give passengers the chance to travel back in time to an almost forgotten era.