UK government support
Funding agreed for study into Borders Rail extension
The line has been a boost to investment
Funding will be provided for a study into extending the Borders Railway which has been seen as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.
The Scottish Government recently published the Borders Transport Corridor Study, giving two option routes for extending the railway line, possibly to Carlisle, and the UK government has now agreed to support a feasibility study.
In a letter to Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Christine Grahame MSP asked when the UK Government would undertake an appraisal for the line south of the Scottish Border. Until then, a full appraisal in Scotland could not proceed.
Ms Grahame said: “The Borders Railway has been a fantastic success – boosting the economy, leading to new house building and supporting tourism in the region.
“My constituents will significantly benefit from any welcome extension to the existing Borders Railway, and I am sure they will welcome the news of a feasibility study into the benefits of extending the railway to Hawick, Newcastleton and Carlisle.
“The SNP has always backed a feasibility study for the Borders Railway extension, and has made a significant investment in the economic development of the Scottish Borders since being in Government.”