Plan to extend Borders Railway to England given major boost

The campaign to extend the Borders Railway received a major boost today as the UK Government announced its backing for a feasibility study. The 30-mile Edinburgh-Tweedbank route opened in 2015 but calls for it to be stretched a further 18 miles to Hawick have grown in recent years, alongside the eventual aim of extending the line to Carlisle. Campaigners claim that Hawick drastically lost out when the original 98-mile Waverley line from Edinburgh to Carlisle was closed in 1969. Now Scottish secretary David Mundell has confirmed his government’s support for a feasibility study on the matter, in a letter to MP John Lamont. It matches the Scottish Government’s existing commitment to extending the route, having recently published the Borders Transport Corridor Study, giving two potential routes for extending the line.

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