Old train track could be in line for planning protection

A train on the Borders Railway.
A train on the Borders Railway.

Rail campaigners are considering applying to safeguard a stretch of the old Waverley Route rail line near Kelso.

Kelso councillor Euan Robson told this week’s meeting of the town’s community council that the old stretch of line at Charlesfield, St Boswells, through Roxburgh to Kelso is not currently protected.

He said: “At the moment, the line is not safeguarded or protected. In my view, it’s worth safeguarding. That way, if planning applications are put forward to build where the line runs, it can be used as a reason for refusal.”

He told members that although there are no current plans to bring that part of the historic line back into use, it would be worth doing so, so the option is there in the future.

He added: “It might be worth taking a walk along the line to see what is actually there. Some of it is fine, but in Roxburgh, for example, the bridge has been taken away.

“It wouldn’t be for anything to happen now but to plan for the next 10 to 20 years’ time.”

Harry Tomczyk said: “I certainly think it’s worth doing.

“I would suggest we write to Scottish Borders Council to see if we can get a safeguard put on it.”

Members agreed to walk along the line to see what is still there in the summer.