Now that the bidding process for the West Coast main line has been revealed to be flawed, isn’t it time that Transport Scotland and the transport minister came clean on the business plan for the Borders railway.
I received a letter from Transport Scotland advising that the Borders railway business plan is based on a potential user pool of 194,000 – that is the entire population of the Borders and south Midlothian. In other words, people from Eyemouth, Newcastleton, Yetholm and West Linton are expected to travel to Tweedbank to get the train to Edinburgh. I think not.
There is still time to cancel the Borders part of the railway. I would suggest that a suburban line to Gorebridge with a large park-and-ride facility would be more realistic and worthwhile.