ALEX Salmond has hinted that the entire Waverley rail line between Edinburgh and Carlisle could be reopened once the route from Waverley to the Borders is up and running.
The First Minister said he expected the return of trains to the Edinburgh-Tweedbank section next year would act as a catalyst for restoring the rest of the historic route.
He said the success of the 30-mile stretch to just south of Galashiels would “calibrate” a feasibility study into rebuilding the remaining 70 miles.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman confirmed: “We will look at the possibility of commissioning a feasibility study into extending the line if it emerges there is scope and demand to do so. Our priority remains completing the line to Tweedbank.
“Once that opens to passengers in September next year, we will begin to see the benefits and to determine the need for a further extension.”