On the day HM The Queen becomes Britain’s longest-serving monarch, she will travel on the re-opened Borders Railway with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of celebrations marking the return of the railway to the region.
Several days of celebrations are being held to mark the return of trains to the Edinburgh-Tweedbank route. The first passenger trains operate on September 6, and the Queen will travel on the route on September 9.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown said: “It is a great honour for us that Her Majesty has chosen to mark this milestone by leading the celebrations for the opening of the Borders Railway.
“The people of the Borders and Midlothian have waited almost half a century to see the return of their railway, and it is fitting that these two such historic events coincide.
“This will be a double celebration, and we are also ensuring that the people who have campaigned, worked hard and shown such patience throughout this process are able to play a full part in the celebrations, with a separate day dedicated just to them.”
- For more on this news story, see RAIL 781 published on August 19 2015