FIVE groups are to compete to build the Borders railway, with the number of initial bids appearing to confirm ministers' confidence of strong interest in the uniquely-funded project.
A "MASTERMIND" clause was triggered yesterday by work officially starting on the Borders Railway, committing ministers to completing the £300 million project.
NEW doubts have been raised about the planned Borders railway line after a Scotsman-commissioned poll showed most people living near the route are unlikely to use it.
MINISTERS' commitment to reopening the Borders rail line has been called into question after they opted for a funding method untested for such projects.
REOPENING the Borders rail line will be delayed another year, ministers are expected to announce tomorrow.
TRANSPORT chiefs have appointed design engineers and environmental consultants as part of plans to build a new railway link between the Borders and Edinburgh.
A SUPPRESSED report on Scotland's planned new Borders rail line says it will cost almost 30% more that the budget approved by MSPs.
A NEW political party has been formed in the Borders, arguing the region should shape its own futures rather than hang on to "Edinburgh's coat tails".
THE cost of property in towns earmarked for new stations on the Waverley line to the Borders has rocketed five years before the railway opens, a Scotsman investigation has found.
FEARS were raised today whether the Borders rail link will go ahead despite an overwhelming vote in favour of the project by MSPs.
TRANSPORT chiefs are seeking the public's views on the level of service provided on cross-country rail links out of Edinburgh.
FRESH doubts have been cast on the full-scale reopening of the Waverley line from Edinburgh to Galashiels following a bid to allow the project to be built in phases.
FRESH calls were today made for the new Waverley railway line to stop at Gorebridge after the project won backing from MSPs.
THE Waverley railway line must be rebuilt all the way from Edinburgh to the Borders and not stop short in Midlothian, MSPs said yesterday as they recommended the £151 million scheme be approved.
MSPs who have been scrutinising plans to reopen the Waverley rail line from Edinburgh to the Borders today gave firm backing to the project.
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the Edinburgh-Borders rail link are planning to take over a local council in an attempt to stop tracks being laid.