Welcome to the website of the Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR), the grassroots group set up in 1999 to make the case for restoring rail to the Borders – the only region of Britain without passenger trains. CBR’s key aim was realised on 6th November 2012 when the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister Keith Brown announced that Transport Scotland and Network Rail had concluded a deal to construct the new Borders Railway – bringing trains back after an absence of more than 45 years.
When the 31 route miles between Newcraighall (in south east Edinburgh) and Tweedbank (between Galashiels and Melrose) are opened for traffic in 2015, this will be the longest railway to have been built in Scotland since the Fort William-Mallaig line in 1901 – and the longest rail re-opening project in modern British history.
The historic announcement of the Borders Railway contract signing by Transport Scotland and Network Rail also brought confirmation of the success of CBR’s campaign (together with the Waverley Route Trust) for Tweedbank station to be redesigned to accommodate tourist charter trains. The Tweedbank terminus platform tracks will now be extended to 350m length, enabling commercially viable 12-coach charters to use the Borders Railway – and bringing in new visitor spend to attractions such as Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, Melrose and the Borders abbeys.
We invite you to join us in one last push to ensure that we get the best possible Borders Railway by 2015 – with high-quality walking and cycling access to the line’s stations and a new focus on the ‘community’ dimension of the railway.