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26 October 2016

Stevenson Backs Successful 'Adopt a Station' Programme and Borders Rail

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has backed the ‘Adopt a Station’ programme and its success along the new Borders Railway.

Mr Stevenson spoke during a Parliamentary debate where he backed the work of volunteers along the Borders Railway and emphasized its success as encouraging for the continued development of Scottish rail.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“The ‘Adopt a Station’ Programme has invigorated stations along the Borders Railway. The programme brings libraries, flowers and other welcome amenities. It’s been a great combined effort from volunteers and ScotRail – it shows how proud they are to have the Borders line.

“The Borders Railway itself has been a huge success – over a million passengers in its first year – well above predicted usage. There also appears to be a higher incidence of end to end travel – another encouraging sign. Hopefully any future assessments of extending rail in the North-east will consider that the Borders railway outperformed its own usage predictions.

“I congratulate all involved in making the Borders Railway so welcoming and successful. The railway has dramatically opened up rural communities and bestowed substantial economic benefits. There is far more potential to be opened up for Scotland’s rail and while I love the Borders Railway – I would love to adopt a station on a Buchan line even more.”
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