Rail campaigners meet in Galashiels

06/09/2015. Borders Railway service opens to the paying public connecting Edinburgh with the Scottish Borders. The southbound service to Tweedbank arrives at Stow station this morning.  
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06/09/2015. Borders Railway service opens to the paying public connecting Edinburgh with the Scottish Borders. The southbound service to Tweedbank arrives at Stow station this morning. �Ian Rutherford ianrutherfordphotography@gmail.com www.ianrutherfordphotography.com 07710337520

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The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) was one of the most foremost steering groups as the Borders Railway was being planned and built.

But even though the line is here, and it has proved even more successful than was hoped, the work of the CBR is far from finished.

The organisation will be holding its annual general meeting at the MacArts Centre in Bridge Street, Galashiels next Wednesday, October 26, and railway enthusiasts will be made more than welcome.

The speakers at the event will include councillors Sandy Aitchison of Stow, who will be talking about the other towns in the Borders that would be better served by rail, and Hawick’s Watson McAteer, who will be pushing the case for the railway to be extended through his town.

Allan McLean will be in the chair and reports will be given on the past year and the hopes of extending the line to Hawick and Carlisle.

Mr McLean told us: “The return of trains is incredibly popular in the Borders.

“The line has boosted the economies of the Borders and Midlothian.

“This proves that people were right to argue for so long in favour of railway services.

“The time has now come to enhance the existing route to match the level of demand and to prepare for the extension of tracks to serve more communities by train.

“We obviously want the existing railway to be enhanced and extended to Carlisle, through Hawick ... whether or not that route will follow the trackbed of the old Waverley line, the options are being left open deliberately fro discussion.

“There are alternative views of where it should go.

“The existing Borders railway takes in Shawfair, so does not entirely run on the existing trackbed.”

Politicians from different political parties have backed the concept of a study into the potential for extension of the railway.

For example, it was widely reported that on a visit to Hawick earlier this year, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that it made sense to look at extending the line to other communities in view of the success of the existing route.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.