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Bob Burgess’s article about the Borders railway is good news (Southern, January 22).

The service timetable shows a half-hourly frequency from 05.30 till 19.30, then hourly till close of service.

But with financial cutbacks which Transport Scotland has placed on NetworkRail, the length of the dynamic passing loops has been somewhat reduced and there is some doubt the published frequency can be delivered. An hourly service to Tweedbank with some turnbacks at Galashiels or even Gorebridge is not what the Borders needs.

The railway should have been built to largely double track, thus allowing lucrative steam and diesel heritage trains from around the UK.

Colin C. Maclean

Hillpark Avenue

Edinburgh