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Mundell launches cross border timetable

Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, with David Horne & Martin Griffiths at the launch of Virgin Trains' new cross-border timetable Credit: Virgin Trains

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, launched the new cross-border timetable in Edinburgh this morning.

The new timetable runs 42 additional services from Edinburgh to London every week.

Mr Mundell highlighted that the Scottish Borders railway will only be extended to Carlisle, if the Scottish Government, local authorities, Network Rail and the UK Government work together.

Obviously if the Border's railway extends, it will be in both Scotland and England. I think it's important that the UK government works closely with the Scottish government to look at the feasibility of this project.

I think it could have a transformational effect in the South of Scotland. I think it could take a lot of freight off the road. I think it could bring more people in to communities like Hawick. I think it's a very good idea.

– David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland and Dumfriesshire MP