Rail line path wins SBC backing

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PLANS to turn an old railway line in Tweeddale into a multi-use path were given the go-ahead by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) last week.

The six-and-a-half mile route between Leadburn and Eddleston is being developed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans for use by cyclists, walker and horse-riders. The project will involve putting up a bridge at Eddleston and another crossing Eddleston Water.

A spokesman for SBC said: “We are pleased this has been approved and will continue to work closely with partners Midlothian Council and Sustrans on this positive project for the area.”

A Sustrans spokesperson confirmed the route would become part of the national cycle network - 12,600 miles of quieter routes the charity has signposted.