Borderers encouraged to take part in transport study consultation

Borders Railway

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Local people and businesses are being asked to provide their views to Transport Scotland, following the publication of its draft report for the Borders Transport Corridors Study.

A six week consultation on the initial findings has now been launched by Transport Scotland, with Borderers encouraged to have their say on the 21 options which have been recommended for further appraisal work as part of the draft report.

The report and the consultation responses will be considered as part of the national Strategic Transport Projects Review.

The Scottish Government is committed to examining the case for an extension to the Borders Railway and improvements to the A1, A7 and A68, which are included alongside a number of other options in the draft report.

Take part in the survey

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Friday 1 June.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader

“This is a hugely important study which will shape what our transport links look like in the long term, and the draft report includes a number of proposals to take forward, including extending the Borders Railway.

“This consultation is another important opportunity for local people and businesses to provide their thoughts ahead of the next phase of the study.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, our Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“The draft report has considered the future needs of our area and cross-border connections, with a variety of options to key routes included, such as improvements to the A7, A1 and A68 roads, as well as interesting proposals which include the creation of an active travel network.

“The Council will be considering its contents and will provide feedback to Transport Scotland, but it is vital Borderers do the same and contribute to the consultation.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“To encourage tourism, trade and improve our quality of life, it is essential the Borders has excellent links to cities and services outside our area.

“The excellent response from Borderers to the previous survey carried out by Transport Scotland as part of the study no doubt helped shape this draft report, with the potential extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick and beyond and improved facilities for freight and timber transport among the options on the table for further discussion.

“I would repeat the call for local residents, organisations and businesses across the area to comment directly on how they want to see our transport infrastructure develop.”

More information

Further information on the study is available from Transport Scotland.