Posted in: General News
Author: Scottish Border Council
The £5.2million Galashiels Transport Interchange is four months into construction but already it has provided a series of community benefits.
The education and training programme, agreed by us, our development partner Hub South East Scotland and appointed contractor Morrison Construction, has been designed to deliver a range of activities within the local area to support young people at school and college.
We have provided a commitment to deliver a Transport Interchange in Galashiels for the opening of the Borders Railway in 2015. It will promote the improved connection between all means of sustainable transport to provide a sustainable alternative to the private car.
The Galashiels TI is financed by ourselves and the European Regional Development Fund, the latter providing £1.8m.
“While it is good to see the progress of the physical building of the Galashiels Transport Interchange, which will direct footfall into the centre of the town, it is also very pleasing to hear of the spin-off educational benefits.
“The Council is committed to supporting local communities across the Borders throughout the construction and delivery of the Transport Interchange and the educational and training programme shows that pledge is being fulfilled.
”When the Transport Interchange is completed there will be an opportunity for a business to open a café in the interchange itself, there will be office space available to let within the building and of course the provision of better connections between all means of sustainable transport.”
“One of the key aims of the Hub initiative is to ensure the delivery of community benefits locally. This includes a commitment to involving young people, through work experience, training and educational visits.
“It’s fantastic to see this happening on the Galashiels Transport Interchange project, giving real opportunities for learning and practical experience to those at school and college in the Borders.”
“Bridging the gap between education and employment is a crucial factor to aid sustainable economic recovery. Morrison Construction takes its responsibilities to the communities it operates within very seriously and ensures that we provide maximum community benefit to the people in the local area.
“We have engaged with Borders College and the local schools, delivering curriculum supported activities and work-based education offering young people the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the industry.”
Our Flickr page has an album of images including a work experience placement, Morrison Construction’s health and safety visit to Glendinning Terrace Primary School in Galashiels and the European Regional Development Fund logo.