Borders Railway extension backed by small businesses

A group representing small firms in south east Scotland has said it has "little doubt" of the economic benefits of extending the Borders Railway.It comes after a recent independent study found the line was attracting new workers, homeowners and tourists.The Federation of Small Businesses said those conclusions came as no surprise to regular users of the route.

It said the line was a "gift for local events" and had provided a massive boost for visitor numbers.FSB senior development manager for the east of Scotland Gordon Henderson said the reopening of the line had come about due to grassroots campaigning. "This is great encouragement for those in Fife campaigning for the Levenmouth rail link," he said.

He added that the impact on local events in the Borders was clear to see...

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