The Borders Railway is to open on 6th September 2015 according to First Minister, Alex Salmond.
The First Minister further announced a feasibility study, led by Scottish Enterprise in partnership with VisitScotland, Scottish Borders Council and Transport Scotland, which will look at how the Borders Railway will transform the tourism potential of the region.
The study will also look at tourist opportunities from any future development of the line, including the potential for a turntable and the creation of a permanent home at Tweedbank Station for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the world’s longest embroidered tapestry, reflecting the textile heritage of the area.
The First Minister also announced plans to maximise the tourist potential of the line by introducing a steam train experience which could benefit the local economy by many millions of pounds a year. The steam train experience will start as early as September 2015.