News

Borders railway station usage up

New figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have shown that more and more people are using Scottish Borders train stations, following a trend since opening in 2015.

They also reveal that Tweedbank is by far the busiest station in the region.

British Gas slammed for cutting prepayment options

British Gas customers have been struggling to top up their prepayment meters after changes to the way it can be paid. Previously, PayPoint provided payment services but this is now provided by Payzone, meaning 15,000 fewer locations to top up across the UK.

Faster and more reliable fibre broadband promised by Ofcom

Ofcom has proposed more flexible regulation to allow the UK’s broadband infrastructure to be upgraded. This would mean homes and businesses across the UK would benefit from much faster and more reliable fibre broadband.

EU funding for farmers secured

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that farmers in Scotland will be able to sow their crops and care for their livestock in confidence this year as he announces a £473m cash injection. This will replace funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as Britain leaves the EU.

1 in 10 still have poor broadband in the Borders

The Connected Nations Report 2019 published by Ofcom has shown that 9% of Borders’ premises get less than 10mb/s download speeds from their broadband connection.

This is significantly worse than Scotland as a whole where only 4% of premises are receiving the slowest speeds.

Lamont re-elected in the Borders

John Lamont MP has commented after being re-elected to Westminster for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency.

John received 25,747 votes which is 48.4% of the votes cast.

Lamont backs December election

Local MP John Lamont has said he will be voting again for a General Election this evening as the only way to get Brexit sorted.

 

UK Parliament Week 2019 to be celebrated across the Borders

As Westminster gears up for a potential General Election, local MP John Lamont is inviting everyone in the Scottish Borders to get involved in ‘Parliament Week’ to learn more about how Scotland’s other Parliament affects people’s lives.