Visit Scotland: Borders gears up for Flying Scotsman visit

Published on : Friday, May 13, 2016

Visit-Scotland-Business-TourismThe Borders is preparing for the visit of the most famous steam train in the world.

The Flying Scotsman will travel along the Borders Railway this Sunday (15 May), the first time it has been in Scotland for 16 years.

Large crowds are expected to come and see the train, which is the oldest mainline working locomotive on Britain’s railways.

As a result, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has been working with partners to put in place plans for the visit and ensure passengers and spectators enjoy their day.

Getting to Galashiels and Tweedbank
People are encouraged to travel by bicycle, foot, bus or train due to limited car parking and road closures in the Galashiels and Tweedbank areas.
• Bus services – There will be minimal disruption to bus services, with additional services being provided between Galashiels and Tweedbank. Bus timetables for all operators can be viewed on Traveline Scotland website or telephone 0871 200 22 33.
• Trains – Train services maybe subject to alterations on this day
• On foot – both stations can be accessed by walking
• Bicycle – both stations have bike lockers
• Parking – At Tweedbank, priority parking will be given to disabled and elderly vehicle users. Parking will be available within Tweedbank Industrial Estate with stewards on hand throughout the day.
There will be limited town centre parking in Galashiels.

Entertainment
• From 11am to 4pm, Galashiels Community Council and other local groups will host musicians, face painters, bouncy castles, craft stalls and railway memorabilia amongst other entertainment across the town to celebrate the Flying Scotsman’s arrival.
• From 10.30am to 4.30pm, there will be a food and drink market at Tweedbank, including a range of local Borders producers and providers. Music will also be on offer as well as catering, a bar and the provision of additional toilets.

Staying safe

British Transport Police (BTP), Network Rail and SBC are aware that the return of the Flying Scotsman is an exciting event.

Alongside, BTP and Network Rail, the Council want the public to view the iconic steam train safely and there are lots of safe places to see it and take photographs.

However, the public is asked not to stray on to the railway and risk their safety. Stations along the route will be extremely busy, so listen to staff who are there to assist.

BTP is advising that it is extremely dangerous – and an offence – to trespass on the railway. They will take action and you could end up with a criminal record and facing a fine of up to £1,000.

Road closures and parking restrictions
The following roads will be closed:
• Galashiels – Ladhope Vale from Stirling Place to Station Brae Roundabout will be closed between 11am to 5pm on 15 May. It is likely that the roads will only close for two 30 minute durations. Alternative routes will be signposted.
• Tweedbank Industrial Estate West Entrance – from Tweedbank Drive southwards for a distance of 65 metres from 10am on Friday 13 May to 6pm on Sunday 15 May.

No parking will be allowed on the following roads:
• Galashiels – Ladhope Vale, from Stirling Place to Station Brae Roundabout, from 11am to 5pm on 15 May
• Galashiels – Station Brae, from Ladhope Vale to High Road, 11am to 5pm on 15 May
• Tweedbank Drive – from Essenside Drive to the Melrose Roundabout, from 9am to 6pm on 15 May
• New Tweedbank Station Access Road, from 9am to 6pm on 15 May.

A one-way system will also be in operation in Tweedbank Industrial Estate between 9am and 6pm on 15 May.

While there is no restrictions on parking alongside the A7 and C11 roads, SBC officers will be monitoring these routes in case there are any issues.

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, said: “The visit of the Flying Scotsman is another momentous occasion in the short history of the Borders Railway.

“In less than a year it has seen Her Majesty The Queen open the railway on the day she became the longest reigning UK monarch, has carried over 650,000 passengers and counting and now welcomes this world famous locomotive.
“I am sure it will be a great day, with plenty of entertainment on offer in Galashiels and Tweedbank. We would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding on the back of any potential disruption which may result.

“Significant work has gone into making sure this day a success, and I hope all enjoy their day safely.”

Companies and groups to attend the food and drink market at Tweedbank include:
• Tempest Brewing Co
• Bread Works Bakery
• Kiki’s Chocolate
• Macamoon
• Stow Brewery
• Ooft! Sauce
• Cuddybridge Apple Juice
• Stichill Jerseys
• Gary Moore Catering
• The Juicy Meat Co.
• Giacopazzi’s
• Main Street Trading Company
• Borders Book Festival
• Locus Focus

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