Speaking at the launch of the Borders Railway, Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne said: “I am enormously proud today to see 30 miles of new railway and seven new stations added to Britain’s rail network. The Borders Railway will connect communities along the route to the rest of the country in a way that they have not enjoyed in almost half a century. I look forward to seeing Midlothian and the Scottish Borders prosper economically and socially from this new route in the coming years.
“Personally, I would like to offer my thanks to the project team at Network Rail and our principal contractor BAM Nuttall. They have performed exceptionally to build this railway, on time and on budget, in under three years. It sets the standards by which we should measure our project delivery.”