Edinburgh rail link supported by committee

Edinburgh rail link supported by committee 




Plans to reopen the rail link between Edinburgh and the Borders have cleared an important hurdle.


The Scottish parliament’s Waverley railway bill committee has backed the £120 million scheme, agreeing that there is a ‘strong social case’ for reviving the 56km link to Tweedbank. The private bill now goes forward for parliamentary debate.


Committee convener Trisha Marwick said: ‘The committee recognised that there is a positive impact on tourism in the Borders, as well as acting as a catalyst for social regeneration.’


Committee members criticised Scottish Borders Council’s handling of the project and expressed concern that the 10,000 homes required to meet demand generated by the railway will not be ready in time.


Source: Planning magazine