The Business Case
Official studies have shown that the Borders needs better links to the south to maximise its economic potential as well as to reverse years of decline in isolated communities such as Hawick. The extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick and Carlisle is the most effective proposal to adequately address these problems. It will provide a gateway to the region from the economic powerhouse of North West England and strengthen links to Edinburgh. And with climate action now urgent, regional rail expansion is vital to delivering a more sustainable future.