Hume in rail plea

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has repeated calls for the Scottish Government to commit to extending the Borders railway line to Hawick and beyond.

The MSP made the comments ahead of today’s (Wednesday, August 20) visit to the Borders by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Mr Hume said: “Undoubtedly the link to Tweedbank will be crucial for commuting and leisure travellers alike, and will a massive boon for the local economy.

“Earlier this summer the First Minister said that the Borders rail link would serve as a catalyst for the restoration of the rest of this historic route through to Carlisle, so now is the time for the Scottish Government to commit to a feasibility study so that Hawick and surrounding communities across Roxburghshire can reap the benefits an extension to the rail link could bring.”