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The Borders Railway

Train coming into Gorebridge stationIt has been over half a century since there has been a working railway in Midlothian to Edinburgh or the Scottish Borders.

The railway operates a half hourly service between Tweedbank and Edinburgh Waverley. If you travel to Edinburgh you will find connections to the rest of the rail network.

Tickets can be bought in advance from www.scotrail.co.uk, by calling the ScotRail Telesales team on 0344 811 0141 between 0700 and 2200, seven days a week.

Disabled Assistance If you would benefit from a little extra help when using the trains, you can arrange disabled assistance by advising ScotRail at least 24 hours in advance by:

  • Calling 0800 912 2901
  • Calling Textphone 18001 0800 912 2901 if you are hard of hearing
  • Completing an online assistance request form on www.scotrail.co.uk/form/assisted-travel
  • Making arrangements with a member of staff at a staffed railway station [only Edinburgh Waverley on this line]

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Edinburgh Waverley

Brunstane

Newcraighall

Shawfair

Eskbank

Newtongrange

Gorebridge

Stow

Galashiels

Tweedbank

Wheelchair users

Edinburgh Waverley is the only staffed station on the Borders’ Railway line, in order to provide disabled assistance at all other stations from Brunstane to Tweedbank, there will be a set of ramps on each train managed by the train conductor. To ensure you can travel please complete the assistance request form www.scotrail.co.uk/form/assisted-travel. The wheelchair accommodation on trains is restricted to standard wheelchairs not exceeding 70cm wide, 120cm long and with a combined weight of less than 300 kilograms of user and wheelchair. These dimensions are in accordance with Interoperability PRM-TSI legislation. (Technical specifications for interoperability relating to accessibility of the Union’s rail system for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility).

If you hold a bus pass with an “eye” symbol on the front, then you are eligible to travel free on trains throughout Scotland, including journeys starting/ending at the four Midlothian stations. If you hold a valid Midlothian Taxicard, then you can present this for free travel by train but only within the Edinburgh and three Lothian’s area including Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge. The Midlothian Taxicard is not valid for travel south of Gorebridge.

In both cases, you do not need to obtain a rail ticket from the station travel office. Show the card at the gate barrier. Do not attempt to enter via one of the automatic gates. Do not try to push your NEC or Midlothian Taxicard into the slot on the automatic gates – it will damage your card and may put the automatic gate out of action for other travellers. Instead, approach one of the staff at the manually controlled gate and show your card. Where there is no gate, show the card to the conductor on the train.

Scottish Blind Scheme

Royal national institute for blind people This scheme was created in the year 2000 and applies to blind persons resident anywhere in Scotland including Midlothian. Cardholders enjoy free travel on buses, trains, ferries, Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams for themselves. There is free travel for a companion on buses [denoted by the two symbols of an eye and a “+1” on the card], but this companion entitlement does not extend to the other modes. SBS is financially supported by the 32 Scottish local authorities, but as far as the cardholder is concerned, the scheme is co-produced with the Scottish Government using their National Entitlement Card [NEC]. Application forms are available at all Midlothian libraries where completed forms must be handed in by the applicant in person [part of the process of verification is that the face of the applicant and the photo image supplied must be cross-checked by the librarian before the application is accepted].

Disabled Persons Railcard

If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard. The Disabled Persons Railcard allows you to get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain. If you’re travelling with an adult companion they also can get 1/3 off their rail fare. It costs £20 for a one-year Railcard. £54 for a three-year Railcard.

You can apply online at www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/

Going Forward

There is a robust campaign for the extension of the Borders Railway from Tweedbank to Hawick and ultimately Carlisle. Revenue from passenger trains alone may not be sufficient to make a business case for the southern end of the line. Any feasibility study will need to look at the contribution freight trains could make, particularly bringing out timber from the Kielder Forest area.

Steam Trains

Following the success of steam train journeys 2015 Steam Train Experience are delighted to announce that more steam train experiences will be available to the public. Each service will feature both first and standard class options on board the trains recently refurbished carriages, and is the perfect way to experience the new borders railway.

ScotRail are still to confirm dates and prices for their journeys this year. We will reveal these details here, once they have been confirmed. For more information please visit www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/steam-trains

Steam train on the borders railway

Four Stations in Midlothian

Shawfair Station:

6 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 27 Miles from Galashiels.

Shawfair Station will eventually be at the heart of the new town centre planned for the south east of Edinburgh. Unless the there is a change of the boundary of Edinburgh City, Shawfair will be part of Midlothian. It will provide excellent interchange facilities with buses and links to an extensive path and cycle network. The site will also feature a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Access

Step free access via ramp or path. Two platforms with sheltered waiting areas.

Parking

Free car parking facilities with approximately 59 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes.

Ticketing

Automated ticket vending machines

Eskbank Station:

9 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 24 Miles from Galashiels

Close to Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith, and the Midlothian Community Hospital. It will offer a convenient 10-minute rail link between nearby Edinburgh College Dalkeith Campus and the Milton Road Campus. The site will also feature a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Access

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area

Parking

Free car parking facilities with approximately 159 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 12 bikes

Ticketing

Automated ticket vending machines

Newtongrange Station:

11 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 22 Miles from Galashiels

This station is near the National Mining Museum. The Lady Victoria Colliery, a major Scottish visitor attraction, can be accessed directly from the A7. The site also features a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Access

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area

Parking

Free car parking facilities with approximately 55 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes

Ticketing

Automated ticket vending machines

Gorebridge Station:

13 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 20 Miles from Galashiels

Located at the previous station site, the new Gorebridge station will be close to Gorebridge town centre. The site will feature a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Access

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area.

Parking

Free car parking facilities with approximately 73 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes.

Ticketing

Automated ticket vending machines

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