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PROSPECTUS PUBLISHED FOR RAILWAY EXTENSION

The Borderlands Partnership has today published a Borders Railway Prospectus which will inform ongoing discussions with the UK and Scottish governments for the extension of the Borders Railway to Carlisle.

Work to assess the benefits and challenges of options to extend the Edinburgh – Tweedbank Borders Railway to Carlisle is part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, which was signed on 18 March by both UK and Scottish Governments, and the five Borderlands partners – Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council.

£10 million is allocated to support this work, with the evidence base progressed initially through Transport Scotland’s on-going second Strategic Transport Projects Review in Scotland while the UK Government Department for Transport progress
complementary work with a wider UK perspective In developing the Prospectus, the Partnership has assessed what is needed to tackle the transport connectivity issues in this heart of the Borderlands region and has identified the development of the Tweedbank to Carlisle railway as the best solution.

The Prospectus will be discussed at the planned meeting between Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes, and the Borderlands Partnership later this month and outlines the Borderlands Partnership’s views on where and how the railway extension would result in positive transformational change in the Borderlands region and help to address a regional connectivity need, whilst also having the potential to provide solutions at a UK level for enhancing cross border capacity, resilience and connectivity.

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