Rail campaign’s call-to-arms for Teries

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From its inception in 1998, Campaign for Borders Rail has been consistent in the pursuit of its primary objective: To right the injustice of complete closure of the Waverley Route between Edinburgh Waverley and Carlisle Citadel on Monday, January 6, 1969.

I read with interest your report, Councillors on right track (Hawick News, November 20). In particular, I was greatly encouraged by words attributed to Councillor Stuart Marshall regarding the Borders Railway “creating opportunity” and of it convincing him “that we must

do all possible to have it extended to Hawick then on to Carlisle”.

If Councillor Marshall and his five elected colleagues, who represent the electorate in Hawick and district on Scottish Borders Council, wish to demonstrate serious commitment to reconnecting Hawick to the national rail network, I strongly urge them and anyone who shares their conviction to join Campaign for Borders Rail.

So far, CBR has conducted one of the most successful campaigns for rail in the United Kingdom. To build on its success and enhance the chances of extending the Borders Railway south from Tweedbank to Hawick (then on to Carlisle), CBR is eager to attract new members living or, in the case of organisations, operating at TD9 postcodes. Ever-increasing numbers supporting a sustained, concerted campaign is the best way to achieve its objective.

When you join Campaign for Borders Rail, you will receive regular online or print newsletters; have more opportunity to get involved in CBR’s projects and events; and be supporting the restoration of rail services through the Borders, boosting regional prosperity and improving social inclusion.

Individual membership is £5 (or £7 for delivery of print newsletter) per year or £50 for life. Institutional membership is £12 per year or £120 for life

Contact David Adams, CBR membership secretary, The Station, Long Marton, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6BJ. Telephone 01768 362022. Email dgma.talktalk

Cheques should be made payable to CBR.

John K. Elliot

CBR, Hawick area representative