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Thousands expected to watch Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman drew large crowds in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Scottish Borders this weekend to see the world famous Flying Scotsman.

The legendary locomotive has already visited Cumbria since its £4.2 million restoration, but it'll be the first time for 16 years that it has come to Scotland.

It will pass through Galashiels and Tweedbank on the Borders Railway on Sunday 15 May.

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Meeting to discuss Borders Railway extension

Rev Brydon Maben was arrested at the protest at Newcastleton Station. Credit: Bruce McCartney

A talk will be held in Newcastleton tonight to discuss the prospect of extending the Borders Railway through the village following in the tracks of the old Waverely line.

Campaign for Borders Rail spokesman Simon Walton says it's important isolated areas like Newcastleton are reconnected via the railway.

Mr Walton says there's enough political will to deliver the project and the extension shouldn't take as long as the current railway did.

There were major protests in the town when the old Waverley Line was closed.

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Sturgeon to look at extending Borders Railway if re-elected

Nicola Sturgeon will tomorrow announce plans to launch a feasibility study to find out how much it could cost to extend the Borders Railway to Hawick.

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The SNP leader will visit Hawick tomorrow, as campaigners push for the line which currently ends at Tweedbank, to be continued all the way to Carlisle.

The Scottish Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are backing the study. ITV News Border has contacted the Scottish Labour party for comment.

Borders railway granted 20% more seats in 'revolution'

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The Borders Railway is set to benefit from 20% more seats as part of a “Revolution in Rail” package announced today by the Scottish Transport Minister.

The increase in seats will rise by 2018.

This is excellent news. The line has been a fantastic success since it opened last year - we have seen that again this week with it being instrumental in the £100 million investment deal in the region involving Scottish Borders Council and CGI.

It is this very success which has created challenges at times in terms of greater than expected passenger numbers."

– Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

I warmly welcome this announcement of an increase in capacity, which will improve levels of comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people using our railway.

“In addition, we’ve had the good news that many of the services will now run through to stations in the west of Edinburgh. These changes are yet another vote of confidence in the line and add to the case for a feasibility study in extending it on to Hawick and Carlisle.”

– Calum Kerr MP,Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
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