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Bam wins £220M Scottish Border railway contract

Network Rail has awarded contractor Bam Nuttall a £220M contract for the new Borders Railway in Scotland yesterday.

Bam Nuttall will be responsible for the design and construction of 48km of railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. Construction will begin in early 2013 to be completed in the summer of 2015.

The line will include three existing stations and seven new ones. New stations will be built at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank. The capital construction cost of the line will total £294M (at 2012 prices).

There has not been a passenger rail linking Edinburgh and Tweedbank through Midlothian in 40 years.

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  • How are the predicted passenger numbers calculated, and what are they, given the low population levels along this route?
    If development land values etc appreciate given the creation of a new Edinburgh commuter market, how does the public purse recoup some of the infrastructure cost?

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