Track2Train Ltd

21-23 Murderdean Road

Newton Grange, Dalkeith

EH22 4PE

Company number SC535100

Get in touch...

Tel: 07989 477731

Email: Ged.McEneany@apexscotland.org.uk

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Next Stop... The Sidings

We want to improve the life chances of those who suffer from social disadvantage and give them the tools to find their way back. Our ethos is to establish close and meaningful partnerships with local suppliers, the local community and those in need.

The Sidings will use locally sourced produce and, by so doing, support the local economy. This will include composting relevant food waste and reducing our carbon footprint wherever possible.

Sharing our ethos will allow us to show others that it is possible to do all of the above and still be successful.

Some of the story so far...

A recent visit to the station had a special visitor!

"The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP visited the Track2Train initiative to find out more about how the £934,000 project will help revitalise the village, “It’s great to see regeneration happening and the delivery of the Blueprint Programme. This is a lovely old building being restored. The spacious interior and café will be a real boon, improving the quality of life for those using the service. Projects like this will also help make Newtongrange, which has a great heritage, even more attractive for people to live here and visit. I also really liked the aspect of the project that is helping people to build their skills. Congratulations to all partners involved.”"

 

The picture shows:

The chief executive of Apex Scotland Alan Staff,

Programme Manager with Borders Railway Blueprint Sam Smith,

Project Manager Apex Scotland's sustainable development coordinator Dodie Piddock &

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

The local paper the Midlothian Advertiser has been to visit us twice this year! See the full stories at the beginning of the project here and more recently here!

The exciting beginning of building works for our first site The Sidings Bistro!

Councillor Russell Imrie said: “It’s really exciting to finally be on site and to see the refurbishments taking shape. This is a fantastic, multi-agency project that will create jobs and really cement our commitment to ensuring the Borders Railway corridor is a great place in which to work, live and visit.”

 

Chief executive of Apex Scotland, Alan Staff, said: “Without doubt the best way to stop people becoming socially excluded is to build strong and vibrant communities who are proud of their achievements. “Apex Scotland are privileged to be working with the local community and stakeholders to develop this project, and it is great to see it taking shape as the refurbishment progresses.”

Lindley Kirkpatrick, Borders Railway programme executive at the ScotRail Alliance “This is an exciting investment that will really make a difference for our customers at Newtongrange station. It’s further evidence that the reopening of the Borders Railway has provided a great boost to the local economy.”

Railway Heritage Trust

"The Railway Heritage Trust exists to give grants for heritage buildings and structures on Network Rail's estate.  The former Dean Oil building at Newtongrange is an unusual candidate for a grant, as it was never in railway ownership until the Borders Railway re-opened.  However, it is now Network Rail property and lies in a conservation area, so is in scope for a Trust grant. 

What persuaded us to give one was less the historic merit of the building, which could be described as a bit underwhelming, but the exciting use that Apex has proposed with its Track2Train project.  The combination of providing a service to those living at or travelling through Newtongrange with the opportunities it offers to those whose life has gone wrong, excited us from the very beginning, so this project represents an appreciable percentage of the £310,000 that we are investing in the Borders Railway's built heritage.'"

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, The Minister for Energy

“It’s great to see regeneration happening and the delivery of the Blueprint Programme. This is a lovely old building being restored. The spacious interior and café will be a real boon, improving the quality of life for those using the service. Projects like this will also help make Newtongrange, which has a great heritage, even more attractive for people to live here and visit. I also really liked the aspect of the project that is helping people to build their skills. Congratulations to all partners involved.”

Councillor Russell Imrie, Midlothian Council

“It’s really exciting to finally be on site and to see the refurbishments taking shape. This is a fantastic, multi-agency project that will create jobs and really cement our commitment to ensuring the Borders Railway corridor is a great place in which to work, live and visit.”