Borders Railway reaches first anniversary

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It is a year since the Borders Railway opened. Over a million passenger journeys have been made on the route, with it expected to surpass passenger forecasts. Benefits have been felt by local attractions who have reported increases in visitor numbers.

Source: Network Rail

Although the route has been successful, reliability has been a concern, with trains struggling with the steep gradients on the line. The transport minister has called for an operational review to improve reliability.

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Demand has pushed calls for the route to be extended. There is a desire to extend the route through to Carlisle.

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