Borders rail fare to be £10 end to end

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Passengers on the new Borders railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank will be able to travel from end to end for less than £10.

And the first train of the day will allow travellers to connect with early morning services from Edinburgh to London.

Work being carried out at Newbattle Viaduct. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Work being carried out at Newbattle Viaduct. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Fares and times for services along the 30-mile route have been unveiled for the first time, revealing that there will be two services an hour in each direction during peak times, with an hourly service on Sundays.

Trains from Tweedbank will start at 5.20am, allowing passengers arriving at Waverley at 6.15am to catch the 6.25am service to London King’s Cross.

The last train on the line will leave Waverley at 11.55pm for a 00.52am arrival at Tweedbank.

The any-time single fare between Waverley and Tweedbank will be £9.80, while tickets for Waverley-Gorebridge will be £5.20, Waverley-Newtongrange £4.60, Waverley-Eskbank £4.30, Waverley-Shawfair £3.20 and Waverley-Newcraighall and Waverley-Brunstane £2.40.

The £350 million project, due to open in September 2015, is connecting the Borders to the Capital for the first time in 40 years.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The Borders Railway will serve a huge cross section of society from the daily commuter starting a new job in the Capital to the tourist at the Edinburgh Festival wanting to visit the great Scottish countryside, to the Borders College student enjoying a night out in the city.

“Our fares structure and timetable will ensure that the train will be an attractive travel option for them, allowing them to go end-to-end in less than an hour and for under £10.”

He said further discounts available through season tickets and student railcards, would make the fares even cheaper for those travelling regularly on the line.

Mr Brown continued: “Although we’re investing £350m to make the line happen, passengers won’t have to worry about it hitting them in the pocket as their fares will be in line with those of similar journeys elsewhere.

“We’re also ensuring that the timetable will allow for early starts and late finishes. This will not be the traditional rural limited service. We are serious about shifting people from road to rail and the Borders Railway will offer every opportunity for that.”

The timetable unveiling comes after earlier criticism from campaigners that the Scottish Government had reneged on a promise to keep maximum journey times on the new route to 55 minutes.

In December, the Scottish Government said 98 per cent of journeys would take less than an hour.

Tom Curry, vice chairman for Campaign for Borders Rail said: “The fare structure coupled with the half-hourly timetable will make the railway competitive with bus and car and will no doubt encourage a great number of people to switch to using the train.”

“Confirmation that the first service of the day from Tweedbank will make a connection with the 0625 Edinburgh to Kings Cross is a welcome bonus.”