Borders Railway Baseline Study - Final Report

Appendix B Borders Railway Evaluation Letter to Households

Dear Householder

Borders Railway

Passenger trains will begin operation on the Borders Railway on the 6th September 2015.  There will be regular train services between Tweedbank and Edinburgh calling at new stations at Galashiels, Stow, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank and Shawfair.  

You are receiving this letter as your household is within the catchment of one of the new Borders Railway stations.  Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s agency for transport, is undertaking research to analyse the impacts of the Borders Railway on the communities in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.  

Peter Brett Associates LLP is undertaking this research on behalf of Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport agency.

We are running an online survey aimed at all households in the area – regardless of whether you plan to use the new train services or not.  

This survey will cover:

  • some basic details about your household;
  • whether your household has made any changes in anticipation of the line opening;
  • your household’s view of current public transport in your area;
  • current travel by your household – commuting to work and education;
  • current travel by your household – other travel to Edinburgh only; and
  • a personal travel diary of the journeys you undertook yesterday.

Your responses will help to understand how new rail infrastructure can affect travel behaviour and therefore influence future policy and infrastructure investment decisions.  

Only one survey response should be returned per household.

We would be delighted if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey, which can be found at:

www.streetwiseservices.com/bordersraill

All completed survey responses will be entered into a prize draw for one of five £50 shopping vouchers of your choice.  

If you do not have home access to the internet, the survey can be completed via public access computers available in all public libraries or call 01236 722 200 with your details and we will call you back to complete the survey over the phone.

Thank you for your cooperation.