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Waverley Route – The battle for the Borders Railway

Author : David Spaven
ISBN : 9781840337846
Cover : paperback
Price : £17.95

Known throughout history as ‘the Waverley Route’, the working life of the main-line railway which ran from Edinburgh to Carlisle for 107 years came to an end on 6th January 1969 under the ‘Beeching Axe’. In a remarkable reversal of fortune in 2015 just over a third of the line re-opened, reborn as the Borders Railway and re-connecting Edinburgh, Galashiels and Tweedbank by train – the longest line to be built in Scotland since 1901. This third edition of Waverley Route covers the headline-making Royal re-opening of the railway in 2015, the subsequent controversies over unreliable train performance, the big gap between pessimistic official patronage forecasts for the three Borders’ stations and actual passenger numbers achieved, and the wider impact the railway has had on the Borders. The book reflects on the first two years of operation and concludes with lessons to be learned and considers the scope for future improvement to and extension of the railway.

Waverley Route – The battle for the Borders Railway
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