The newly opened Borders Railway line will provide improved services for visitors to the region.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I know that there will be some people who have campaigned for a Borders rail link to be reopened, virtually from the day it was closed. It has been a long time – 46 years – in coming. But I’m delighted that their persistence has seen a reward.

“This new Borders Railway line is the result of £300m of investment and the expert work of more than 1,000 people. It involved building or repairing well over 100 bridges. At 31 miles, it is the longest new domestic railway in Britain for more than a century. More important than those figures, however, are the benefits the line will create. It will bring improved services for tourists – who can reach the beauty and history of the Borders in less than an hour. It will reduce car use and help the environment. It will provide better connections for local businesses and residents.

“And it puts the Scottish Borders and Midlothian back where they always belonged – on the railway map of Scotland and Britain.”