Galashiels Transport Interchange opens its doors

One month ahead of the Borders Railway opening, a ceremony has been held to mark the completion of Galashiels Transport Interchange - a unique transport hub central to the new railway. Delivered by the Council's development partner Hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor Morrison Construction, the project has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Published: 07 August 2015
Capability: Building
Market: Rail

Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion alongside David Houston of the Galashiels Roads Consultation Group, which has supported the development of the town over the last ten years. In addition, a plaque to mark the creation of a time capsule buried at the site by TD1 Youth Hub, which is based around 100 metres from the Transport Interchange, was also unveiled by Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC's Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, and TD1 member Dawson Little.

The £5.2million Transport Interchange opens to the public on Monday 10 August and will be the gateway to the Borders Railway, while also forming the town's new bus station and directing footfall into the centre of Galashiels. The Galashiels TI will also offer passenger amenities such as tourist information, bus and train real-time information and a railway ticket machine, with staff based in the building.

Other facilities include showers, changing places, disabled toilets and bike lockers to promote cycling and walking, while the TI will be open 21 hours per day to allow access to bus and train services.

There is also seating and a cafe - to be run by local firm Born in the Borders - on the ground floor, with two additional floors of office space and conference facilities.

In delivering this new Transport Interchange a range of educational and work opportunities for local people and businesses have been provided, and so before it even opens to the public, the benefits of this new facility are being realised for the wider community.

Derek Scotland, Project Director at Morrison Construction, said: "We are pleased to have completed this project on behalf of Hub South East for Scottish Borders Council and delighted that this project has played an important role in giving both local people work opportunities and local businesses prospects for the future.

"Our role was much wider than simply delivering the project. Morrison Construction recognised the need to support and work with the local supply chain at each stage of development and have allowed local companies to benefit wherever possible and support the growth of the local area."

The time capsule is due to be opened on 6 August 2065, and contains newspaper clippings, plans for the Galashiels TI, information about TD1 Youth Hub and a letter to the future among other items.