A new Scottish Government study will be launched this month to look into the feasibility of further extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle.
The study contract, which has been awarded to Jacobs UK Ltd, is expected to take seven months to finish. It will look at wider transport issues across the south of Scotland, which will feed into the Scottish Government's strategic transport projects review.
The original Waverley route was reopened 18 months ago and, though it has faced a number of criticisms, it is widely regarded as a success story with more than a million passengers using the service in its first year.
The study will look at the economic benefits of the line and look at developing plans for a properly integrated transport system so that the whole of the Borders benefits from any further investment.
Critics of the construction methods used in building the Borders Railway in 2015 are wary of developers making the same mistakes. They say the use of sections of single track on the route means the service isn’t as reliable and punctual as it should be and claim it’s an issue that would need to be resolved if any further extension work goes ahead.
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