Waverley route will re-open.

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Andrew

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The news that the ScotRail is now First ScotRail appears not to have reached them either (look down the RHS).

But good news on the approval.
 

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It's always Scotland who seem to be re-opening routes, why is England so rubbish with their railways ?
 

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Excellent news. Oh and a line in England has recently been approved to reopen, an extension on the former GCML from Aylesbury (Town) to Aylesbury Parkway was given permission a few weeks ago.
 

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Richard Armstrong said:
It's always Scotland who seem to be re-opening routes, why is England so rubbish with their railways ?
Lots of open space and too many lines closed without much thought during Beeching's reforms. I would say:scratch:
 

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Chris said:
Lots of open space and too many lines closed without much thought during Beeching's reforms. I would say:scratch:
I think it's more a case of the Scottish Executive being forward-thinking, realising rail is the answer rather than roads.

If only the same line of thinking applied here...
 

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It's more of the case that too much funding is going to Scotland, from England. "Scottish" landmarks like the Forth Bridge were even built with English funding.
Personally I just want to see Scotland made independant, and when the North Sea oil runs out, and when the country which has the fastest declining population in Europe runs out of money, will just sit back and laugh.

The Scottish Exec claims a huge subsidy from England, the Transport Secretary (who is a Scottish MP) has no control over Scottish transport.
 

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A bit too much xenophobia on this site at the moment, this wouldn't be due to a certain football tournament would it? There seems to be much inward thinking.:dontknow:
 

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It still might not happen

"Tavish Scott, the transport minister, said the Scottish Executive
supported the entire line and would fund the lion's share of the cost,
subject to a "robust" business case."

So someone else is still going to need to come up with the remainder, plus an allowance for going over budget.

Holyrood Elections coming up soon, all they've done is passed the bill, and not providing enough finances, telling the electorate that they support a new line, but with the way of backing out later if nobody can be found to support it, and not spending a penny.
 
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SCOTLAND IS THE BEST small COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, according to the signs at Network Rail stations in scotland. The approvement of the Borders Rail link as well as the Alloa line may promt fsr/transport scotland to place a new order of trains.
 

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And by then any new trains will hopefully have been delievered and have started to settle down in service. Though you can't count on it!
 
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