New research has shown that the Borders Railway continues to have a positive impact on the communities in which it serves after two years of operation.
Results found that the railway has been a major factor in people’s residential choices. With 58% of those surveyed who had recently moved house referencing the new line as having an influence on their decision to move, while of those who had changed workplace, 52% reported that the presence of the line had an impact on them moving job.
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said: “These latest findings demonstrate the sustained, positive and measurable impact that the introduction of the Borders Railway has had on the communities right along the line.
“The report is welcome evidence that Borders Railway continues to grow both in popularity and benefits to the local economy, not least with the increase in passenger numbers in the second year of service. It shows the railway is meeting its objectives by acting as a catalyst for investment while also enabling people to take up new opportunities.
“The success of the Borders line is clear evidence our efforts are helping to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”
Danny Cusick of Scottish Enterprise and chair of the Borders Railway Blueprint Group added: “The line has already opened up the region along the route and provided opportunities for jobs and investment, helping to deliver sustainable growth and social benefits for the whole region. This research shows that the Borders Railway region is an excellent location to do business, to visit and to live in and we hope to see continued growth year on year.”
The independent report, commissioned by Transport Scotland and the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, was carried out by Peter Brett Associates. This latest research builds on findings published in a Stage 1 Evaluation, and evaluates the project’s success two years on from its reopening.