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October 07 , 2021

Borders Railway extension to Carlisle would be 'best solution'

06 October 2021 (UK)

Extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle has been described as the "best solution" to the area's transport connectivity issues.

A new prospectus from the Borderlands Partnership - made up of councils across the Scotland-England border - has backed the move.

The route, opened in 2015, currently runs from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

The recommendation to extend it will form the basis of future talks with the UK and Scottish governments.

The Borderlands Partnership - composed of the local authorities for Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Cumbria, Northumberland and Carlisle - has looked at the potential of extending the line.

It found that taking the Borders Railway on from Tweedbank to Carlisle was the "best solution" to solve transport connectivity issues across the whole area.

However, it stops short of saying where any stations on the extended route should be positioned.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) leader Shona Haslam said the re-establishment of a line between Edinburgh and her region had brought "immense and wide-ranging" benefits.

"SBC has made a case for the extension of the line to Hawick and on to Carlisle for some time, and together with the other local authority partners we are reaffirming and strengthening that case in the prospectus," she said.

The prospectus described the extension as the "missing link" in reconnecting the area.


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