The Business Case
Official studies have shown that the Borders needs better links to the south to maximise its economic potential as well as to reverse years of decline in isolated communities such as Hawick. The extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick and Carlisle is the most effective proposal to adequately address these problems. It will provide a gateway to the region from the economic powerhouse of North West England and strengthen links to Edinburgh. And with climate action now urgent, regional rail expansion is vital to delivering a more sustainable future.
Timescale to Delivery
We are working to secure a full and fit-for-purpose feasibility study on the shortest possible timescale. Our aim is to promote partnership working between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and key agencies on both sides of the border to fund the feasibility work and deliver the project. You can read more about the project in the PDF below.
Investing for the Future
There remains a significant deficit of transport provision in the Borderlands compared to other similar regions. Investment in a through rail route will help build a fairer and more sustainable future for the area, unlocking suppressed economic development and helping to re-balance the economy. You can read more about the plans for investment in the PDF below.