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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.


Work begins on new Borders Railway

The Waverly line closed 40 years Credit: ITV News Border

Transport Minister for Scotland, Keith Brown, will be at Monktonhall in Edinburgh today to launch the construction works for the new Borders Railway.

The first works will involve excavating the track alignment for the new line, which will provide a passenger railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders for the first time in 40 years.

Once finished the line will include 30 miles of new railway with 10 stops and 7 new stations.

Winning bidders for A75 improvements to be revealed

Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown is due to announce the contractors selected to take forward three major road schemes in the South West of Scotland.

Over £36 million is being invested in upgrading two stretches of the A75, at Hardgrove and at Dunragit, and on a scheme to improve the A77.

There have been repeated calls for improvements on the road between Hardgrove and Kinmount section, following a series of accidents, including one which claimed a baby's life.

A local newspaper campaign gathered more than 4,000 signatures on a petition seeking an upgrade.

Mr Brown described the A75 as a lifeline for south-west Scotland, highlighting its importance as a main route to the ferry terminal at Cairnryan.