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​Borders Railway picks up prestigious travel award

Press Release   •   Sep 29, 2017 12:52 BST

Travel writer Vivien Devlin with Lindley Kirkpatrick of ScotRail with the Borders Railway's British Guild of Travel Writers award. Photo: Kenneth Scott

The railway was nominated for the Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project 2016 by travel writer Vivien Devlin and came out on top at a ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London.

The award was presented to ScotRail at Tweedbank Station as the railway celebrated its second birthday in September.

The British Guild of Travel Writers is regarded as the leading organisation for travel media professionals in the UK.

Vivien said: “The vision, development and construction of the Borders Railway is an extraordinary achievement - the revival of a sustainable transport service connecting people and places.

“Most importantly, this is a vital, accessible tourism destination initiative for visitors to explore this area of the country.”

ScotRail Alliance Borders Railway Programme Executive Lindley Kirkpatrick said: “We’re delighted the Borders Railway has picked this prestigious award. The Borders Railway has been huge success, opening up a wealth of opportunities for the area.

"We look forward to continuing our close work with the local communities, businesses and stakeholders to support the vision in making the Borders region a great place to live, work, study and visit.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “It is great to hear the Borders Railway has received the title of Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project 2016 thanks to Vivien Devlin’s excellent nomination.

“The railway has certainly made significant changes to tourism in the Borders, making it easier than ever to access the wide variety of attractions the area has to offer and helping to create jobs.

“The STEAM tourism figures issued earlier this year highlight the major boost the Borders Railway has provided, with visitor spending 16 per cent up in the first six months of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015 before the railway opened.”

Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that the Borders Railway has received this prestigious award. From breathtaking historic attractions to unique shops, accommodation and eateries, visitors have been hopping on board in their thousands to experience all that Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders have to offer.

“The railway has been a phenomenal success and this award recognises the attention it has captured around the world. Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation to ensure the current provision meets future demand, and the success of the Borders Railway shows just how important this is.”

Notes to Editors

Images are available at SBC’s Flickr page.

More information on the Borders Railway is available at www.bordersrailway.co.uk.

For more information contact the Communications and Marketing team: 01835 826632 or communications@scotborders.gov.uk

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