Scottish Cabinet Q&A session – booking details

The full details of the events taking place in Hawick and tickets for the Q&A session can be booked by calling 0131 244 2262 or emailing

CBR Members urged to attend Scottish Cabinet Q&A in Hawick

CBR urges local members to attend the public question & answer session in connection with the forthcoming Scottish Cabinet meeting being held in Hawick on 20th and 21st August – the Q&A session is at Hawick High School at 12.45 on Wednesday 21st.

To coincide with the meeting, CBR has submitted a Briefing Paper to the Cabinet, setting out the case for the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council to start planning for a rail extension from Tweedbank to Hawick, as a vital first step towards Carlisle (see link below).


CBR argues for through link to Carlisle

CBR has responded to the Scottish Government’s draft National Planning Framework 3, noting that the reinstatement of the Borders to Carlisle link is supported by the South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan. CBR argues that, in the interests of joined-up policy – and for the region to truly prosper – the extension of the railway should be adopted as a ‘National Development’ in NPF3. For details, see links below.



CBR responds to Network Rail market study

CBR has responded to Network Rail’s draft Long Distance Market Study for consultation (see link below). Key points raised by CBR were:

1. Is NR’s analysis model perhaps overly biased towards flows where reasonable long-distance rail services already exist, unlike the situation in the Central Borders?

2. The study should treat the Scottish Borders as a ‘single economic area analogous to a city-region’ in the same way that the North Wales Coast or Cornwall have been.

3. Subsequent stages of the study should carefully examine the case for reinstatement of the Carlisle–Borders–Edinburgh link as a more cost effective means of addressing Anglo-Scottish capacity problems in the shorter term.

130627 LTPP-LDMS CBR Response