Politicians discuss rail project

Borders MP Michael Moore and South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume met with the Scottish Government Transport Minister, Keith Brown, last Thursday to discuss the Borders Rail project.

Mr Moore and Mr Hume met with Keith Brown to ensure the Scottish Government remained committed to the rail link and to receive an update on the current status of the project. The Transport Minister confirmed that the Government are hoping to get to the next stage in procurement by early 2012 when they will decide who will build and run the railway. According to Mr Brown, the railway line to Tweedbank is on course to be up and running by 2014.

Commenting following the meeting, Jim Hume MSP said: “The meeting was a welcome opportunity to discuss this important project with the Minister.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have campaigned tirelessly to have the Waverley line reinstated and I shall continue to work with colleagues in the Borders to ensure that the Scottish Government delivers on its commitment.”

Mr Moore added: “I have campaigned for many years alongside my constituents to have the Waverley line reinstated in the Borders. I therefore welcome Keith Brown’s commitment to the project and his confirmation that it will be completed by 2014.

“I will continue to work with Jim, Scottish Borders Council and other local stakeholders to ensure that the project continues apace and that the Scottish Government lives up to their promises.

“During the meeting we also invited Mr Brown to the next A7 Action group meeting in Hawick to bring to his attention the urgent need to upgrade the A7 and I certainly hope he will be able to attend.”