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13th September 2016
Having just celebrated its first anniversary, the Borders Railway has not only made the region’s renowned historic landmarks, shops, crafts and leisure pursuits more widely accessible to people from Edinburgh and beyond, the railway effect has also worked its magic on the Borders property market, as potential buyers from north of the city bypass become more aware of the lifestyle and ability to trade up at less expense compared to the city suburbs. There has also been an upsurge in interest for second/holiday homes in the region – a welcome spin-off from the upsurge in tourism since the opening of the railway.
Commenting, BSPC chairman David Kilshaw, says: “The railway has been good news for the Borders in general but particularly so for properties in and around the new train stations at Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank, which in turn has created a ripple effect out to other towns and villages such as Lauder, Clovenfords, Darnick, Gattonside, Melrose and St Boswells, although as the region’s commercial centre and central communication point, Galashiels remains a key focus.”
A year down the line that carried 500,000 passengers in the first four months of opening, there is now a call to extend the route 60 miles further south to Carlisle. Who knows when, or even if, that will happen, but for now it’s a case of so far so good . . .
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