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Expansion backed for Borders Railway

Bob Keiller, Chair of Scottish Enterprise Credit: ITV Border

The head of Scotland's Economic Development Agency is backing an expansion of the Borders Railway.

At an event in Edinburgh today - aimed at helping Borders businesses build on the success of the new railway - the Chair of Scottish Enterprise said he believes the line should be extended:

The benefits are definitely economic in the Borders and that was underestimated at the time. So certainly that's a great thing in terms of bolstering the case for further investment into the rail.

I mean, I've spent all my life in investment and I look at things and say if it works, we should do more of it. If it doesn't work, we shouldn't do it. This has clearly work, and is working, and can work even better."

– Bob Keiller, Chair of Scottish Enterprise

Local businesses invited to take part in Borders Railway consultation

Borders Railway Credit: ITV Border

Three councils in Scotland are hosting a consultation to find out how they can better help local businesses as part of the development of the Borders Railway line's 'wider corridor'.

Edinburgh, Midlothian and Borders Council are working together as part of the Borders Railway Blueprint Partnership.

The councils say they wish to speak to local businesses on how they can best support their "growth ambitions", including by possibly developing an incubation space close to the new stations.

The survey can be accessed here and will close on Friday 28 July at 5pm.

More information can be found on the Borders Chamber of Commerce website.


Council compensation claim for Borders Railway damage

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A £1.6million legal case is about to get underway over damage caused during the construction of the Borders Railway.

Scottish Borders Council have launched the compensation claim against Network Rail for the repair of roads, bridges and walls which were damaged during the building of the £300million line.

It is understood talks at a resolution with Network Rail broke down with several matters still in dispute.

The claim is for various points of damage inflicted on and around the A7 corridor north of Galashiels, said to have happened in the weeks before the railway opened in September, 2015.

A hearing is due to take place at Selkirk Sheriff Court tomorrow.

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.
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