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Story of Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE forms part of new exhibition

Madge Elliot MBE, John Lamont MSP and Elliot's son, Kim. Credit: SCUP Borders

Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE from Hawick visited the Scottish Parliament today as her story was revealed as part of a new exhibition.

Madge Elliot was at the forefront of the campaign to reopen the Waverley line, which lead to one train being named after her in 2015. She also founded the Campaign for Borders Rail.

John Lamont MSP said the exhibition pays tribute to the hard work that brought back part of the Waverley line.

Madge has visited the Scottish Parliament a number of times to push for the new line and it was down to her hard work that the legislation was passed to begin the process of reopening the railway.

While the results of her efforts have been great, Madge agrees with the need to continue to press for the line to go on to Hawick, her home town, and beyond.

Very fittingly, Madge took the train to the Parliament and said she was very impressed with the service.

– John Lamont MSP.


Campaign for Borders Rail welcomes takeover

The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) has welcomed the official signing of the transfer of responsibility for the construction of the Borders Railway.

They said that now the signing is complete, Network Rail can officially begin the construction phase of the Borders Railway Project which will re-establish passenger railway services from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders for the first time in over 40 years.

"CBR was launched in 1999 and has played a key role in leading grassroots support for the return of the railway – not least without a 17,200 signature Petition presented to the Scottish Parliaments Petitions Committee in March 2000.

“CBR wishes to put on record its thanks to all Scotlands National and Local Government Agencies, Government Ministers, MPs, MSPs, Councillors, business and trade union organisations, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, tourism organisations, members of the public and supporters who have come together to give the Borders and Midlothian our railway back.”

– Lorne Anton, Chairperson, Campaign for Borders Rail