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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

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