Speaking at the VIP launch of the Borders line on September 4, ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Phil Verster said: “Today heralds a new era of opportunity for the Borders and for the whole of Scotland. This is the first of many major infrastructure and service improvements that will transform the railway in our country.
“New trains will mean more seats, faster journey times and appealing ticket offers. A programme of refurbishment will enable customers to enjoy amazing scenic routes, like the Borders, from the comfort of modern, well-equipped trains.”
Verster said that the 1969 closure “affected the Borders more than any other region”, adding: “Today that changes. That is what makes a difference. It is a new era.
“It will connect new business opportunities, and connect people with jobs -we think thousands of jobs will be created. This allows people to move to the Borders. The people of Scotland will be able to travel and take in these opportunities and the scenery.”