The Anonymous Widower

Carlisle Joins The Fight For The Extended Borders Railway

This article in the Southern Reporter is entitled Carlisle the ‘logical step forward’.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Carlisle City Council has joined the army of organisations fighting for the Borders Railway to be extended south.

The council’s leader, Cllr Colin Glover, has held joint talks with the Campaign for Borders Rail, agreeing to stimulate economic growth through reinstatement of the railway between Carlisle, Longtown, and the Central Borders.

The article has a lot of comments about why the extended Borders Railway would be good for both Carlisle and the Scottish Borders.

This is a comment from the leader of Carlisle Council.

There are clear benefits for Carlisle, Building a new line supports plans for growth all over the city and region.

Ever since, the Borders Railway opened to Tweedbank station, it has been my view that Carlisle is key to completion of the reinstated route between Edinburgh and the North West of England.


  • Carlisle is a city of just over 100,000 people.
  • The whole of the Scottish Borders only has a population of 114,000.
  • Carlisle is a major railway junction with services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and the South of England.
  • Some of the most scenic rail routes in the UK, link Carlisle with Glasgow and South West Scotland, the Lake District, Leeds and Newcastle.
  • The important scenic route to Edinburgh through the Borders is missing.
  • The West Coast Main Line (WCML) needs to increase capacity through Carlisle.
  • HS2 services will be arriving at Carlisle, via Crewe and the WCML, around 2033.

The Borders Railway to Carlisle is undoubtedly an Anglo-Scottish project.


I suspect that when the definitive report on the extension of the Borders Railway to Carlisle is published, Carlisle will be one of the biggest beneficiaries.



September 2, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | ,

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