Borders rail fares revealed

Passengers using the new Borders railway will be able to travel from end to end for less than £10.

That was the news this morning from Transport Scotland, as it counts down to next year’s opening of the link from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

Transport Scotland says it has designed its recommended fares structure for the services to ensure ticket prices are in line with those elsewhere on the network, with the average fare across the Borders railway working out at just £3.50.

There will be two trains per hour in each direction throughout peak times with an hourly service on Sundays in the timetable, which has been designed to also provide connectivity to the rest of the Scottish rail network.

And the timetable will serve everyone from early birds to night hawks with a 5.20am service from Tweedbank arriving in Edinburgh at 6.15am, and the latest train on the line leaving Waverley station at 23.55 for a 00.52am arrival at Tweedbank.

Tom Curry, Vice-Chairman for Campaign for Borders Rail, says the fare structure coupled with the half-hourly timetable will make the railway competitive with bus and car and should encourage a large number of people to switch to using the train.