Borders Railway extension to Carlisle 'moving closer' [BBC News]

Date: 09/10/2019

Campaigners aiming to extend the Borders Railway to Carlisle have been told their goal is 'moving closer'. The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) was told by MSP Christine Grahame at its AGM that its case for extending the line to Cumbria was 'rock solid'. Chairman Simon Walton urged supporters to 'raise their game' to keep up pressure for the scheme. The developing Borderlands Growth Deal includes a study to look at extending the line to Carlisle. The CBR has been running for 20 years but its chairman said the opening of the route from Edinburgh to Tweedbank was only a partial success.

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Campaigners are told the chances of taking the line into England are improving all the time.

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