CBR calls for cross-Border collaboration on Waverley Route

CBR has responded enthusiastically to the Leeds-based ‘Rail North’ consultation, endorsing the emphasis on improving connectivity from within the region to major centres in other regions such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has also made three key suggestions:

1 – The Rail North consortium should be expanded to include representation from local authorities in the South of Scotland as well as the Scottish transport agency, Transport Scotland.

2 – Rail North should also consider the development of a cross-Border inter-regional rail network with a central hub at Carlisle.

3 – Rail North should support the case for a link from Carlisle to the Borders Railway terminus at Tweedbank, thus reinstating the former ‘Waverley Route’ as a through line from Carlisle to Edinburgh.

The full text of the CBR response produced by London Officer, Nick Bethune is on:


CBR’s latest newsletter now available

The 44th CBR newsletter has now been published, featuring:

* AGM 2013: Onwards to Hawick

* Dear Diary – we’ve been busy

* Social Media Like & Tweet us

* Hassendean – a bridge to star

* Community Rail joint ticketing

* Get on the CBR Committee – it’s fun and free.

The electronic version of the newsletter is on:
CBR — Newsletter #44 — October 2013 file compressed

CBR AGM 2013: Onwards to Hawick

CBR has announced details of its 2013 Annual General Meeting, which is to be held on Wednesday 27th November at the Tower Mill auditorium in Hawick.

The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm and is open to the general public and CBR members alike.

Official business, including election of office-bearers will be conducted between 6.30 and 7pm. From 7pm we look forward to hearing a series of short presentations from speakers representing business, tourism, political and campaigning interests, with a particular focus on bringing the railway back to Hawick. A Question & Answer session will follow before the meeting votes on a closing resolution at 8pm.

CBR members wishing to attend are encouraged, if possible, to inform the Chair in advance so that sufficient seating can be held in reserve. Contact Simon Walton: chairman.bordersrail@uwclub.net / 07540 313018.

Refreshments can be purchased from the on-site cafe-bar.

Tower Mill at Heart of Hawick


Arriving –
X95 Southbound (Edinburgh Bus Sta. 1600, Galashiels Bus Sta. 1732, Hawick Buccleuch St. 1813)
X95 Northbound (Carlisle, English Street, The Courts Stand A 1610, Hawick Buccleuch St. 1730)
Departing –
X95 Northbound (Hawick Buccleuch St. 2030, Galashiels Bus Sta. 2113, Edinburgh Bus Sta. 2234)
X95 Southbound (Hawick Buccleuch St. 2022, Carlisle, English Street, The Courts Stand A 2142)

Common Haugh Car Park (free, 5mins walk)
Disabled Parking in front of venue (badge holders only)

CBR calls for ScotRail franchise provision for cyclists and charters

In anticipation of the forthcoming issue of the Invitation to Tender for the next ScotRail franchise, CBR has written to Transport Scotland urging the government agency to ensure (1) that the trains used on the Borders Railway are modified to carry 6 cycle spaces per 3-car unit, and (2) that “the timetable specification should ensure that an appropriate number of spare paths be reserved for both regular and occasional charter use at off-peak times during the week and on Saturdays; the times of maximum demand in the charter market.”

See link below: