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Fares and timetable for new Borders Railway have been released

The first train will run at 5.20am with services through to 1am and the highest fare will be £10.

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Fares and the timetable for the new Borders Railway have been released.

The first train will run at 5.20am with services through to 1am and the highest fare will be £10.

Transport Scotland announced the details of the service on Monday, with trains due to start running on the line next year.

Passengers using the existing stations on the route at Newcraighall and Brunstane will have fares maintained at current prices.

Two trains an hour will run in each direction at peak times, and Sundays will see an hourly service.

The first train will leave Tweedbank at 5.20am, getting into Edinburgh at 6.15am. The last service will leave Waverley at 11.55pm and get into Tweedbank at 12.52am.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "The Borders Railway will serve a huge cross section of society from the daily commuter starting a new job in the capital to the tourist at the Edinburgh Festival wanting to visit the great Scottish countryside, to the Borders College student enjoying a night out in the city.

"Our fares structure and timetable will ensure that the train will be an attractive travel option for them, allowing them to go end-to-end in less than an hour and for under £10.

"When you take into account the further discounts available through season tickets and student railcards, this will make the fares even cheaper for those who will be travelling regularly on the line.

"Although we’re investing £350m to make the line happen, passengers won’t have to worry about it hitting them in the pocket as their fares will be in line with those of similar journeys elsewhere on the network.

"We’re also ensuring that the timetable will allow for early starts and late finishes. This will not be the traditional rural limited service. We are serious about shifting people from road to rail and the Borders Railway will offer every opportunity for that."

Tom Curry, vice chairman of Campaign for Borders Rail said: "Campaign for Borders Rail are delighted with the announcement of the fare structure for the Borders Railway.

"The fare structure coupled with the half-hourly timetable will make the railway competitive with bus and car and will no doubt encourage a great number of people to switch to using the train.

"The confirmation that the first service of the day from Tweedbank will make a connection with the 0625 Edinburgh to Kings Cross is a welcome bonus coming from the timetable consultation and will give Borders business folk a sustainable route to London.

"At the other end of the day late night services will also help make passengers’ days more flexible and will be particularly crucial when it comes to sporting events and the Edinburgh Festivals."

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