'Short-sighted' Borders Railway vision claims denied [BBC News]





Date: 25/02/2017

The Scottish government has defended the Borders Railway after claims the infrastructure vision for the project was 'short-sighted'. Think-tank Reform Scotland said the route had been left with limited potential for expansion. It said the Edinburgh to Tweedbank line had shown thinking was 'too small' and planning 'too short-term'.


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The Scottish government defends the Borders Railway after claims the infrastructure vision for the project is "short-sighted".

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Company: Edinburgh and Hawick Railway (North British Railway)
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