Borders Railway goes from strength to strength. Time for another revival?


An assessment of the value of the Borders Railway was published last year. It showed major benefits for the area. See this for more:

Regenerating Scotland’s economy by reopening rail lines

Now, in its second year, research by the Borders Railway Blueprint Group, reported on the BBC website, has identified continued benefits:

  • overall travel on the line up 9.5% compared with year one
  • the majority of commuters start or end their journey in Edinburgh
  • 36 000 estimated car journeys saved annually
  • evidence of the railway having an influence on people moving their house or changing job

The BBC report did, of course, mention one or two negatives, but I’ll leave them there.

The success of the Border Railway has prompted other proposals including this:

Why Scotland’s North-east railway line, from Aberdeen through Fraserburgh to Peterhead, should be re-opened

A feasibility study was mentioned last November but I’ve seen nothing since.


2 thoughts on “Borders Railway goes from strength to strength. Time for another revival?

  1. Ludo Thierry February 26, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    That’s an impressive haul of ‘saved’ car journeys. Many of them would have been pretty hefty mileage and often a single person in car. The good effect the new Borders’ Railway is having is very pleasing. As you suggest – scope for further railway developments yet.

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