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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02941: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 19 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the requirement for a maximum journey time of 55 minutes from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, which was in Transport Scotland’s 2009 prequalification document for the Borders Railway, has changed so that 55 minutes is now the minimum journey time, with a longest scheduled time of 65 minutes.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 27 September 2016

The extension of certain journeys beyond 55 minutes between Edinburgh and Tweedbank is a direct result of the rail industry timetable planning process. It addressed conflicts with other services operating on the East Coast Main Line resulting in their extended journey times.

Currently 82% of scheduled services are timetabled to run at 57 minutes or less and only ONE service out of 68 is timetabled to run at 65 minutes.