The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) has been one of the most successful grassroots rail campaigns in Great Britain, a story of concerned citizens from all walks of life getting together to partially right the 1969 injustice of complete closure of the 98-mile Waverley Route through the Borders.
From its launch in 1999 CBR played a key role in mobilising public and political support for what ultimately became the Borders Railway project, delivering a new railway from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Galashiels and Tweedbank by 2015.
CBR lobbying was also crucial to securing two key enhancements to the original official railway specification:
- as incorporated in the 2006 Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act of the Scottish Parliament, a station at Stow, serving both the village and – with park-and-ride facilities – the nearby town of Lauder and the northern end of Galashiels
- following more than a decade of campaigning, the announcement by Transport Minister Keith Brown on 6th November 2012 that the design of the Tweedbank terminus would be enhanced to allow commercially viable charter trains of up to 12 coaches length to serve the Borders.