Pledge over railway link

The First Minister has promised the Borders Railway project will go ahead – even though it is likely there will be only one preferred bidder remaining.

The 35-mile long passenger rail link from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, scheduled to open in 2014, will have three stations in Midlothian.

Responding to Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame (SNP) at First Minister’s Questions last week, Alex Salmond said: “Changes to groupings and consortia during procurement are not uncommon, especially for large-scale projects. The Borders Railway will go ahead.”

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The Scottish Government is committed to the Borders Railway project.”

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