Area Forum hears plea for toilets at railway terminus

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Concerns have been aired over there being no toilets at Tweedbank’s Borders Railway terminus, writes Jason Marshall.

Local videographer Colin Moxey asked elected members at last Tuesday’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum if Scottish Borders Council could negotiate with Scotrail to have a toilet installed at the terminus.

Mr Moxey added: “I’m thinking of people who come from Newcastleton and even Hawick. They drive to Tweedbank, get there and there’s no toilets.”

Forum chairman, Councillor George Turnbull, said: “There has been talk of provision [for toilets] at Eildon Mill which has been used by the council in the past for the [election] counts.

“But oviously a lot has been made of the proposed tapestry building and it being more than just a tapestry building, with facilities such as a cafeteria etc.”

Mr Moxey: “Could that be voted on that we need toilets there?”

Mr Turnbull: “There’s no two ways about that.”

He added: “Scotrail are quite adamant that they do not provide toilets at unmanned stations. And that is their policy.”