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Borders Railway fares split the region

It's been 45 years since trains travelled through the Scottish Borders.

But now the Borders Railway has moved another step closer in the minds of the people who may use it, after timetables and train fares were released.

The line won't be open for business until next year, but that hasn't stopped Transport Scotland from revealing journey details, to a mixed reaction from potential passengers, as Jenny Longden reports.

Mixed reviews for Borders Railway fares

There's been a mixed response to the timetable and fares released for the Borders Railway.

Transport Scotland say passengers will be able to travel from the Borders to Edinburgh for less than £10 each way, and in under an hour.

Some people think the £15.70 return ticket price is too expensive. Campaign for Borders Rail say it's reasonable, and the train times will suit everyone.

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Border railway prices and timetable unveiled

The timetable and ticket prices for the new Border Railway have been revealed.

Transport Scotland says that the plans should mean that passengers can travel end-to-end on the new line for under £10. Trains will run from 5.20am until almost 1am.

A ticket from Tweedbank to Edinburgh will cost £9.80. From Galashiels, the ticket will cost £9.10, and from Stow it will be £7.70.

The first train leaves Tweedbank at 5.20am and the last train leaving Edinburgh will be at 11:54pm, arriving in at Tweedbank at 12.52am.

The railway is expected to be completed by summer 2015. You can see more information here.

Work to Redbridge viaduct begins

The Redbridge viaduct over the River Tweed will be closed from today Credit: ITV News Border

The Redbridge viaduct between Tweedbank and Galashiels has been closed so that work, linked with the Borders Railway, can be carried out.

A popular footpath which runs over the bridge will also be closed, meaning a diversion of a mile for the people who use it.

Hugh Wark from Network Rail said:"We know that the Redbridge Viaduct link between Langlee and Tweedbank is an extremely popular walking and cycling route and we've done all we can to retain that access until now.

"The improvements we're making to the bridge mean that this relatively short eight week closure is unavoidable - we apologise for the temporary inconvenience.

He continued: "The bridge itself is in excellent condition and the structural works required are minimal. Once complete, this grand old structure will form another iconic landmark on the Borders Railway route."

Floodlight stolen from Borders Railway site

Two floodlights have been stolen from one of the building sites for the new Borders railway.

The lamps were taken from the site at Galashiels during Monday night.

They produce about 1,000 watts of power and were being used to light an area on Winston road where a tunnel is being built.

The British Transport Police say the theft was potentially very dangerous.

Floodlights stolen from Borders Railway building site

Two floodlights from building site on the Borders Railway project have been stolen.

They were taken from a tower at Winston Road in the Langlee area of Galashiels, where a tunnel is being built.

British Transport Police say the theft happened overnight on Monday 10 December.

“The lamps are pretty distinctive and I am appealing for anyone who has information or is offered them for sale in unusual circumstances to contact British Transport Police."

– Constable Morton Cowie, Police Scotland

The floodlights, worth several hundred pounds, are black and square.

The £300M Borders Railway between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank is due to be completed by 2015.

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Moore calls for greater safety measures on the A7

Safety on the A7 was the overriding focus of a meeting at Falahill earlier this week between local MP Michael Moore and key organisations in the construction of the Borders railway.

Mr Moore convened the meeting at one of the busiest construction points and was joined by the Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Scottish Borders Council, the Network Rail Project Director, the Head of the Construction team at Contractor BAM and the local police inspector for the area.

“I have been contacted by numerous people about the state of the A7. This meeting with the most senior decision makers involved in the construction and monitoring of the railway saw all present make a commitment to safety above all else. Over the course of the meeting, we had an extended discussion about the issues of white line visibility, signage and traffic management. All present stressed that the liaison between Network Rail, the contractors BAM, and Scottish Borders Council, will be closer and more regular and road safety will be of paramount importance”.

– Michael Moore, MP for Berwickshire

Campaign calls for Borders rail road to stay open

Campaigners battling to stop a road being permanently shut in Galashiels due to the Borders Railway development holding a public meeting tonight.

The Borders Railway project will see 30 miles of rail built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank Credit: ITV News

The route between the A7 and the A72 at the northern end of the town has been closed to allow work on the Borders Railway to take place and is not expected to reopen.

Borders Railway project: How will it affect you?

The Borders Railway project will see 30 miles of rail built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank Credit: ITV News

Drop-in sessions are being held to tell people more about the Borders Rail project.

30 miles of rail will be built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

The team behind it will explain to people how construction will affect them.

The dates and timings for the drop-in sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3 December, 3-7pm – The Hive, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

  • Tuesday 10 December, 3-7pm – Stow Town Hall, Stow, TD1 2QN

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