Town set for rail bus boost

Future Hawick has landed £2,000 grant funding to bus train passengers from Tweedbank to Hawick in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The initiative was the idea of former Hawick councillor Andrew Farquhar and it’s being paid for by the Borders Railway Celebration Fund.

Mr Farquhar intends for the first bus to bring tourists from Tweedbank to Hawick on Monday, November 29, and they will come through Selkirk before visiting the glass factory at Galalaw and several knitwear producers. There will also be some time for shopping in the town before leaving to go to Jedburgh via Denholm, stopping at the jail and abbey before returning to Tweedbank.

The trips will take place Monday until Thursday the week beginning November 29 and will also run the next again week.

Speaking to the Hawick News, Mr Farquhar said: “We now have to get people on the buses and we need to give some thought to this. People need to be enthused about coming to Hawick and this is a challenge, but we have one shot at this and we need to get it right.

“We have hoards of folk coming to Tweedbank on the railway and when they get there they’ve nothing to do. We need to capitalise on this and attract them to the town. We have a lot to offer here in Hawick and we need to make sure we market this properly. It’s a great opportunity for us to benefit from the railway.”