Assurances have been given that Transport Scotland remains committed to the Borders Railway project.
Earlier this week there was speculation the project, which would see the return of a passenger rail line through Midlothian, would be hit by delays and rising costs.
However, a spokesman for the Scottish Government’s transport agency, which is running the project, told the Advertiser that the costs remained at £295 million and there was no change to the published programme.
Work has already started removing vegetation and preparatory work should begin next year, which will involve creating works accesses and relocating utilities.
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