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Borders railway: Galashiels flats cleared from route

<b>A block of flats in Galashiels has been torn down in order to make way for the reopening of the Borders to Edinburgh railway.</b><p>The properties at Beechbank Place had been earmarked for demolition for some time.<p>Residents moved out of the buildings last year and the flats were pulled down at the weekend.<p>…


Borders to Edinburgh rail route main contractor agreed

<b>Network Rail has appointed BAM Nuttall as main contractor for the delivery of the Borders railway in a £220m deal.</b><p>The contract includes detailed design and construction works for the route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.<p>Network Rail said it would see about 500 jobs created between now and the 2015 …


Timeline: Borders to Edinburgh railway

<b>A deal has been agreed between Transport Scotland and Network Rail to build a rail link between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.</b><p>The project will see trains return to the Borders for the first time in more than four decades.<p>Here, the BBC Scotland news website looks back on the major events in a journey …


The Beeching report: How railway cuts divided Yorkshire

<b>The publication 50 years ago of an explosive report on the future of Britain's railways was a watershed moment for a country which could proudly lay claim to the world's oldest rail network.</b><p>Drily entitled The Reshaping of British Railways, the document would soon be better known as the Beeching …


The Scottish Borders: A region without railway stations

<b>Would you like to see my maps of the railways?</b><p>As conversational opening gambits go, it is not the kind of statement likely to fire you to the top of the guest list for a dinner party.<p>Or, if you are already at a social gathering, it probably won't get you invited back.<p>And yet, the pictorial history …


Did Dr Beeching get it wrong with his railway cuts 50 years ago?

<b>Fifty years ago, the Beeching Report was published, spelling the end for thousands of stations and hundreds of branch lines. But now, in one corner of Britain, a new line is being laid that will restore a link cut by Beeching's axe.</b><p>I still find it incredible that half a century after a rather grey …