On line for Borders new website and trains

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Business leaders and Scottish Borders councillors all agree that when the Borders railway service starts next year it must link seamlessly into the region’s transport network.

They were at Galashiels transport interchange earlier this week to launch the Scottish Borders Business Forum’s new website and to highlight the opportunities the new rail service can bring to the region.

Jack Clark, chairman of Scottish Borders Business Forum, said: “The transport interchange will provide 21st century integrated transport facilities for the Borders and will bring economic benefits for businesses and the communities they serve.

“With the return of the railway next September, this is a time of opportunity for the business community, and the Scottish Borders Business Forum is the united voice of the sector in the region.

“The forum represents more than 40 associations, including those involved in tourism, construction, farming, education and creative industries, and this enables the business industry to speak with one voice both within and outwith the region.

“Our main aim is to give critical mass to the diverse range of Borders businesses, enabling credible dialogue with decision-makers at a local, Scottish and UK level.

“However, in order to be effective, the forum depends on input from the business community.

“We would be delighted to welcome more Borders businesses to the forum, and they can now find out more about the forum and our aims and get in touch through our new website – www.sbbusinessforum.org - which we are launching today.”

In addition to passenger facilities, the interchange will provide dedicated business space in the heart of the town with excellent transport links.

On the ground floor there will be waiting facilities and café; an interactive tourist information point, real time information for trains and buses, and accessible shower and cycle lockers to promote cycling and walking to the transport hub.

The £5.2 million project is being delivered by Scottish Borders Council’s development partner Hub South East Scotland and contractor Morrison Construction.

Hub South East Scotland is a 20 year partnership between public sector service providers (NHS, councils, and Emergency Services), Scottish Government and a private sector consortium to provide projects such as schools and community health centres.