Cost fears for Borders link

THE cost of the Borders rail link could rise after an American rail company pulled out of the race to build the 30-mile line from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank.

Three consortia had been shortlisted for the 300m project, but the decision by Fluor to withdraw its interest means only two groups are now likely to compete for the contract.

Labour transport spokesman Charlie Gordon said that meant costs could rise. He said: "It's a potential setback for the taxpayer in value for money."

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Transport Scotland insisted the project was still on course."