Gorebridge Connected and Track2Train aim to use the funding to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge and boost its economy
Major funding packages totalling £3.4m have been secured to revitalise the centre of a former mining community in Midlothian.
The Borders Railway Blueprint Programme has agreed match funding of £1.04m for “Gorebridge Connected”, a redevelopment partnership between the local council and Gorebridge Community Development Trust.
The Blueprint Programme has committed a further £191,000 of match funding for Track2Train, a charity established by Apex Scotland to redevelop the Newtongrange station building currently owned by the ScotRail Alliance.
The Blueprint Programme was set up to maximise the economic opportunities of the Borders Railway line, which officially re-opened in 2015 and runs through Gorebridge. The Blueprint Programme is supported by £10m of Scottish Government money.
The match funding gives the financial go-ahead to both projects, which have also received contributions from owners and developers and support from: the Tyne & Esk Leader Fund; the Heritage Railway Trust; Midlothian Council; Historic Environment Scotland; the Coalfields Regeneration Trust; and the Climate Challenge Fund.
Gorebridge Connected will see the former railway station house turned into a cafe, gallery and office space creating up to five full time jobs within a year and as many as 15 employment opportunities in two upstairs offices.
There will also be enhancements to Hunter Square, plus the development of a heritage and signage project to connect Hunter Square and Gorebridge train station with other parts of Gorebridge and beyond.
Track2Train will see the creation of a new community space and through Apex Scotland, which works with people in the criminal justice system, will offer training opportunities for ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.
“The Borders railway has been a huge success, forging closer links between communities in the Borders and Midlothian, as well as creating a wealth of employment and tourism opportunities,” said Lindley Kirkpatrick, programme executive of the ScotRail Alliance Borders Railway.
“We're delighted that these projects will be going ahead, which will create opportunities and change lives here in Midlothian.”
Insider.co.uk15th November 2017