Representatives from the Campaign for Borders Rail met with Sir Peter Hendy of the UK Government’s Union Connectivity Review last week to discuss the importance of the proposed completion of the line.
The review is examining which cross-border transport projects should be prioritised to help boost connectivity in the UK. The review is looking at all potential projects, including the completion of the Borders Railway, and improvements to roads like the A1.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE is also currently Chair of Network Rail and formerly Commissioner of Transport for London,
At the end of last year, Campaign for Borders Rail gave evidence to the review. Local MP, John Lamont, facilitated the meeting held last week to give Borders stakeholders an opportunity to put their case forward in person.
At the meeting, the Campaign for Borders Rail was joined by the A1 Action Group, Newcastleton Community Trust, and Mr Lamont. Marion Short and Nick Bethune represented the Borders Railway campaigners.
The meeting took place using video conferencing due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Hawick MP, John Lamont, said:
“The Union Connectivity Review was set up by the UK Government to examine how we can improve transport links across the UK.
“Given that the completion of the Borders Railway would go to Carlisle, and provide a new route for passengers and freight, I believe the project fits the bill perfectly.
“That’s why I wanted to give the Campaign for Borders Railway the opportunity to speak to Sir Peter directly. As always, they made a positive case for the extension and highlighted the benefits it would have on places like Hawick.
“I know that there is real momentum behind the campaign in Hawick. It is clear that the Borders Railway being extended to Carlisle, via Hawick and Newcastleton would provide transformational change – offering opportunities for education and jobs, and making Hawick an even more desirable place to live.”