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Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/9994
Written by Lee on Sunday, 10th February 2008
Interesting article questioning whether the re-opening of the Waverley Line is supported by the local population (link below.)
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10570
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th March 2008
A ministerial statement is to be made in the Scottish Parliament on plans to reopen the Waverley railway line between Edinburgh and the Borders (link below.)
Early works have started on the scheme, but concerns have been voiced about the funding allocated to the project.
The Scottish Government has warned that this could make a target of opening the line in 2011 unachievable.
An announcement is expected to be made at Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon about the Borders rail project.
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10574
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th March 2008
The new rail line between Edinburgh and the Borders could cost more than twice the original estimate (link below.)
The project's completion date has also slipped from 2011 to 2013, Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson confirmed.
A non-profit making company will be set up to pay for the bulk of the costs - a move criticised by Labour.
Mr Stevenson said the original date put forward was "never achievable", given the decisions taken on the project by the previous Holyrood government.
The capital costs of the railway, between
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10602
Written by Lee on Thursday, 6th March 2008
The statement on reopening the Waverley line has been described as "very positive" by Scottish Borders Council (link below.)
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10664
Written by Lee on Sunday, 9th March 2008
Quote from the link below :
[quote]Then there's the issue of the Borders Railway. How much of the SNP's new financing scheme will it be possible without approval from the Treasury in London?
On Wednesday, the transport minister Stewart Stevenson announced that he was withdrawing the
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10754
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th March 2008
New funding arrangements for the Borders railway project will be debated by MSPs later (link below.)
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/10762
Written by Lee on Friday, 14th March 2008
The Scottish Government has been accused of investing "not one penny" in a rail link between Edinburgh and the Borders since it came to power (link below.)
Lib Dem MSP Jeremy Purvis also called for plans to fund the bulk of scheme by a non-profit company to be scrapped.
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson defended the government's approach to the project and choice of funding.
He said it would allow the "expertise and innovation" of the private sector to help deliver the scheme.
Mr Stevenson confirmed plans to use a non-profit method to fund the line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank near Galashiels.
He said it meant any "excessive profits" could be reinvested for the good of the community.
Labour's Des McNulty said the funding method was "experimental" and "untested".
He said the minister had given "no assurances" that funding could be in place for work to start within the lifetime of this parliament.
Tory Alex Johnstone said it was "disappointing but not at all surprising" that the project had suffered delays.
He also voiced concerns about the rail line covering only a "small area" of the Borders.
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/11092
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 26th March 2008
An MSP has raised concerns about a "gaping three-year delay" in plans to reopen the Waverley line between Edinburgh and the Borders (link below.)
Lib Dem Jeremy Purvis claimed the gap would arise between design work this year and construction work in 2011.
He called for "more answers" on the timetable for the
Re: Waverley Line Support Wavering? - 5686/11559
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th April 2008
Historic Scotland inspectors are to visit a town where a railway station is proposed on the reopened Waverley line (link below.)
It wants to identify the important structures and review existing listed buildings in and around Stow in the Scottish Borders.
Historic Scotland said there was "development pressure" in the area due to plans for the railway line.
It added that it would welcome information from the public about buildings of interest in the village.
Stow will be the site of a railway station under plans to reopen the railway line between Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.
Historic Scotland is keen to ensure this does not have any impact on important buildings in the area.
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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