ASLEF welcome for Scots Border service

06 November 2012

Train drivers’ union ASLEF has welcomed the news that trains are to run from Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders for the first time in 40 years.

The scheme was first mooted in June 2010 but was later dropped. Now it has been handed over to Network Rail by the Scottish government agency Transport Scotland and is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan says the railways are capable of bringing economic benefits and jobs to the Borders as well as opportunities for tourism. The line will make the journey from the Borders and Edinburgh less than an hour.

ASLEF’s officer in Scotland, Kevin Lindsay, says the project is ‘great news’ that could mean an additional 18 train driver jobs.

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