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Fashionable way to get to College

Borders College – closer than you think…

Fashionable way to get to College

Two Borders College students who live in Dalkeith are making the commute to College using the latest transport available to them – the new Borders Railway.

Rebecca Saunders (age 17 and pictured on the left) and Kathryn Gardner (age 17, pictured on the right) are both studying on the Fashion Make-up HNC course at Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.

Having researched the options for studying Fashion Make-up, the ladies decided that the course content and the reputation of Borders College made travelling to the Borders the first choice for them.Fashionable way to get to College

“Travelling to Edinburgh, then across to one of the Edinburgh College campuses would take just as long as it does to get to Borders College,” commented Rebecca.

Prior to the new Borders Railway opening, Rebecca and Kathryn both used the X95 bus or a car to make the journey, but are now delighted with the train service to Galashiels, which they join at Newtongrange.

Looking ahead to the time when they have completed their course, Kathryn would like to continue her studies to an HND level, with perhaps a year out to travel, and Rebecca would like to get into the world of work and get a job, perhaps on a make-up counter.

Says Kathryn, “It only takes us 35 minutes to travel from Newtongrange to Galashiels, which passes really quickly with wifi on board the train.”

James Ledgerwood, ScotRail’s head of economic development, said, “It’s absolutely great to hear that these students have been making the most of the Borders Railway and using it to travel to and from College, and we hope that this will continue for many years to come.

“Stories like this really highlight the positive social and economic impact the new line has already had on the communities in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.”

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Published: Thu 12th Nov, 2015