FM announces steam train experience on the Borders Railway
The Borders Railway will re-establish passenger railway services, for the first time since 1969, from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.
The 30 mile railway, with seven new stations will deliver major economic and social development opportunities and offer a fast and efficient railway. Bringing inward investment for the local community plus approximately £33million of benefits for the wider Scottish economy. It will support 400 jobs during the construction phase and act as a catalyst for increased business development and housing opportunities within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh.
Following a project transfer agreement between Transport Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers and Network Rail in November 2012, construction of the £294m (2012 prices) railway is expected to begin in early 2013.
For further information on the project please see the Borders Railway website.
Transport Scotland has now revealed the preferred service timetables and fares structures for the new railway.
While both are still subject to agreement of the industry, including the franchisee which will run the service when the new contract begins next year, these are the fares and timetables which will be promoted by Scottish Ministers.
Borders Railway Timetable Features
|From Edinburgh||From Tweedbank||From Edinburgh||From Tweedbank||From Edinburgh||From Tweedbank|
Anytime Single (consumer fares)
The proposed price of Anytime Single tickets between each of the stations on the Borders route is set out in the table below.
Approximate values for discounted end-to-end fares (Waverley to Tweedbank)
Return and season tickets can offer discounts to passengers on the route. Please note the fares below are indicative.
|Fare type||Typical reduction||Fare anticipated|
|Off-peak return||One third reduction||£13.10|
|Weekly season ticket||7 days for the price of 4||£62.80|
Four bridge beams were successfully installed over the weekend of 14 to 17 February as part of the construction of the new Hardengreen rail bridge. The time-lapse footage below shows the 1,200 tonne crane and the four 107 tonne beams being hoisted into place. Find out more.