Borders Railway: MSP questions Scottish Government on capacity problems

Jim Hume MSP protesting outside Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Jim Hume MSP protesting outside Selkirk Sheriff Court.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has today submitted questions to the Scottish Government on the need for extra capacity on the new Borders rail link.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP has also raised the issue with Scotrail.

It follows a number of complaints from passengers about queueing and overcrowding, with some unable to board trains at all because there is not enough space.

Mr Hume said: “It’s no surprise that the rail link is proving incredibly popular, but there are concerns from constituents about capacity long term particularly those people who are elderly or who have health conditions and who perhaps need the reassurance of a comfortable journey with a seat.

“I’m pleased that Scotrail has said it will increase capacity on some journeys, but clearly there are particular pinch points that also need to be considered immediately.

“Whilst I appreciate that there will be a novelty factor, the link in my view will continue to be heavily used long term and these issues of capacity must be sorted out now to get the full benefit of this fantastic transport link.”