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Rail reopening remains 'on track'

Artists impression of Waverley line
The line remains on schedule to reopen to trains in 2013

An assurance has been issued that an advertising delay will have no impact on construction targets for a rail line between Edinburgh and the Borders.

Bidders should have been sought for the multi-million pound project late last year but that process has been held up.

However, Transport Scotland said it would not have any impact on the deadline for reopening the route.

It is still expected that construction work should start in 2011 with completion due in 2013.

A Transport Scotland spokeswoman said: "The Borders Railway project is still on track for delivery in 2013.

"The cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth recently accelerated funds to allow Transport Scotland to undertake advanced works later this year, earlier than scheduled.

"Land purchase for the railway has been substantially completed."

'Cost spirals'

Transport Scotland expects to issue the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice for the main construction work later this year.

It said it would do so "following further market testing discussions with interested contractors".

The spokeswoman added: "These discussions will take account of recent developments in the financial markets."

However, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont voiced his concerns over the delay.

"It seems to be that whenever major public projects such as this are delayed, the cost spirals," he warned.

"This happened most dramatically with the building of the Scottish Parliament, and it must not be allowed to happen with this project.

"This project, which has questionable benefits to my constituents in Roxburgh and Berwickshire, cannot be given a blank cheque."

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