Borders Railway exceeds expectations

The Scottish Borders railway carried 126,000 more passengers than forecast in its first six months of operation, Transport Scotland has announced.

The £294m, 38.5 mile line was re-opened in September 2015 between Edinburgh and Tweedbank with Scottish government funding. The route was originally part of the 98 mile ‘Waverley’ route between Edinburgh, Hawick and Carlisle, which closed to traffic in 1969.

Between 6 September 2015 and 6 March 2016 the line carried 22% more passengers than forecast; 694,373 as against 568,023.

However,  the 22% growth also masked huge variations in the numbers of passengers carried as the following breakdown shows:

                                                                      Forecast                            Actual

Tweedbank                                             18,978                                 183,918
Galashiels                                                20,567                                 104,593
Stow                                                              5,129                                    24,365
Gorebridge                                             79,014                                    39,400
Newtongrange                                      46,449                                    50,480
Eskbank                                                 114,568                                    65,672
Shawfair                                                  54,298                                       9,398
Brunstane/Newcraighall                       865                                    11,344
Edinburgh Waverley                       228,156                                 205,203

Total                                                        568,023                                694,373

 

 

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