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Incorrect price listed for Borders Railway journey

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ScotRail has confirmed that the £30 fare being advertised for a journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank is a website mistake.

The company is keen to stress it is not a Borders Railway or ScotRail fare.

But it has warned that it is still a valid fare for another route and customers looking to book onto the Borders Railway should be aware as the price cannot currently be removed from the system.

The correct pricing is expected be available by the end of this week.

Ticket to/from further afield should be available by the end of the month.

The £30 fare is not a Borders Railway or ScotRail fare.

"It is for a journey via Berwick, and not for travel on the new Borders Railway line.

“The correct fares between Edinburgh and Tweedbank will be in the system by the end of this week, and we will update customers as soon as they are available.”

– Spokeswoman for ScotRail

'It could have gone better'

Scottish Borders Council has admitted that the launch of tickets for the Borders Railway's first train could have gone better.

Tickets should have become available for the September opening yesterday, but a glitch with the ScotRail and Trainline websites meant that many of the route's new stations were not recognised.

Potential customers were left unable to buy tickets.

There was also a problem with the pricing of the journey between Galashiels and Edinburgh Waverley as it appeared to cost three times more than expected.


Training for new Borders Railway drivers begins

Learning how the new trains work. Credit: ITV News

Trainee train drivers have started to learn how to operate the locomotives on the specific routes of the new Borders Railway.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Keith Brown, was at Tweedbank Station today, to watch them being put through their paces.

The Minister at Tweedbank Station. Credit: ITV News

Minister visits Borders Railway station

Keith Brown Credit: PA

The Minister for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities has been at Tweedbank Station today, as the launch of the new Borders Railway draws closer.

Keith Brown was there to watch trainee drivers being put through their paces, as they learn how to operate the new locomotives.

This marks the start of driver training, and is a major milestone for the £350 million project.


Council funds Borders Railway celebrations

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A fund has been launched today by Scottish Borders Council to help communities celebrate the return of the Borders Railway.

The Borders Railway Celebration Fund will offer grants of a few hundred pounds up to a normal maximum of £2,500 for special events to mark the occasion.

It is open to all non-profit making voluntary and community organisations, community councils, schools, public bodies and places of worship, and applications can be submitted any time up to 15 December 2015.

“We know that many communities wish to put on special events to commemorate and celebrate the arrival of the Borders Railway and this fund will assist them to do this.

“The fund will operate in a very similar way to the highly successful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund and we are very keen to encourage applications from all over the Borders. We have worked hard to make the fund as flexible and as straightforward as possible and I hope that many Borders communities will apply and be involved in the celebrations."

– Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council
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