New Borders transport plan

Borders Railway trainee drivers.  Train comes through Shawfair station at 7.33am. Newcraighall to Galashiels.'Picture shows back of train as it travels through Shawfair from Newcraighall towards Borders.
Borders Railway trainee drivers. Train comes through Shawfair station at 7.33am. Newcraighall to Galashiels.'Picture shows back of train as it travels through Shawfair from Newcraighall towards Borders.

Local people and organisations are being invited to take part in the public consultation phase of the creation of a refreshed Local Access and Transport Strategy for the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders Council’s final strategy will focus on transport issues throughout the area and will detail key projects and long term aspirations. The ‘Main Issues Report’, which will inform a significant part of the final strategy, is currently subject to a 12-week public consultation, which will close on Friday 23 October.

A series of questions are presented in the Main Issues Report to stimulate debate and feedback. Responses are only needed to questions that people feel are relevant to them or that they have something to say on.

Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said: “The questions connected to the report cover a wide range of areas, from extending the Borders Railway to Hawick and Carlisle to the provision of travel information, roads maintenance and town centre parking, so there really is something there that everyone in the Scottish Borders will have an interest in, or a view on.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, added: “It is important that local people and organisations have input into the creation of the Council’s third Local Access and Transport Strategy, which will be a key document for the next five years, setting out what is considered to be the key transport and access issues affecting the area, along with the Council’s proposed approach to these.”

The consultation document is available online at www.scotborders.gov.uk/lats and in hard copy at Libraries and Contact Centres. The Council is also hoping to present the strategy at some local events such as Area Forum meetings during the consultation period.