Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006

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Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006
Act of the Scottish Parliament

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Long title An Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the reconstruction of a railway from a point in Midlothian immediately south of Newcraighall in the City of Edinburgh to Tweedbank in Scottish Borders, including stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow, Galashiels and Tweedbank; to make provision concerning planning agreements and developer contributions relating to the railway; and for connected purposes.
Territorial extent Scotland
Royal assent 24 July 2006
Status: Current legislation
Text of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk

The Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It authorises the construction of the Borders Railway from a point in Midlothian immediately south of Newcraighall in the City of Edinburgh to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders, including stations at Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow of Wedale, Galashiels and Tweedbank. It makes provision concerning planning agreements and developer contributions relating to the railway.

Act of the Scottish Parliament acts passed by the devolved Scottish Parliament, 1997 onwards

An Act of the Scottish Parliament is primary legislation made by the Scottish Parliament. The power to create Acts was conferred to the Parliament by section 28 of the Scotland Act 1998 following the successful 1997 referendum on devolution.

Borders Railway Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank

The Borders Railway connects the city of Edinburgh with Galashiels and Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders. The railway follows most of the alignment of the northern part of the Waverley Route, a former double-track line in southern Scotland and northern England that ran between Edinburgh and Carlisle. That line was controversially closed in 1969, as part of the Beeching cuts, leaving the Borders region without any access to the National Rail network. Following the closure, a campaign to revive the Waverley Route emerged. Discussion on reopening the northern part of the line came to a head during the early 2000s. Following deliberations in the Scottish Parliament, the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 received Royal Assent in June 2006. The project was renamed the "Borders Railway" in August 2008, and building works began in November 2012. Passenger service on the line began on 6 September 2015, whilst an official opening by Queen Elizabeth II took place on 9 September.


Newcraighall is a southeastern suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. A former mining village, its prosperity was based on the Midlothian coalfields. The Newcraighall pit was known as 'Klondyke' and closed in the 1960s, work transferring to nearby Bilston Glen and in particular the last-to-close (1998) Monktonhall pit. The village had a church, a Co-op and a miners' club and bowling green. Newcraighall now plays host to an out-of-town shopping complex, Fort Kinnaird, previously known as The Fort and Kinnaird Park (north). Today, the retail park is still more commonly referred to as "The Fort" by residents.


Initial Proposals

The Secretary of State for Scotland Donald Dewar, later First Minister of Scotland, launched a feasibility study in 1999 into the re-opening of the rail link which had been closed in 1969. This led to the publication of the feasibility study in February 2000 by the Scottish Executive's Transport & Environment Minister Sarah Boyack. The study concluded that a regular passenger rail service would be able to cover its operating costs.

Secretary of State for Scotland United Kingdom government cabinet minister with responsibilities for Scotland

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Scotland is the principal minister of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland representing Scotland. They head the Scotland Office, a government department based in London and Edinburgh.

Donald Dewar Scottish politician, 1st First Minister of Scotland (in office from 1999 to 2000)

Donald Campbell Dewar was a Scottish politician, the inaugural First Minister of Scotland and an advocate of Scottish devolution.

First Minister of Scotland position

The First Minister of Scotland is the leader of the Scottish Government. The First Minister chairs the Scottish Cabinet and is primarily responsible for the formulation, development and presentation of Scottish Government policy. Additional functions of the First Minister include promoting and representing Scotland in an official capacity, at home and abroad, and responsibility for constitutional affairs, as they relate to devolution and the Scottish Government.

Private Lobbying

The Campaign for Borders Rail was established independently of Executive plans to promote the link. The Campaign commissioned public surveys and, among other things, identified the popularity of a new station at Stow [1] in the Borders.

Public Promotion

The project was promoted in a number of ways including a roadshow in July 2002. This was set up in various locations in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. As well as presenting the detail of the proposed project, the roadshow provided an opportunity to receive concerns and objections.


Main objections centred on potential noise levels; and lack of contactability with the developers. Residents of Still Haugh at Fountainhall in Edinburgh objected on many grounds. These included the effects of noise and vibrations on quality of life, property value, property stability, and local wildlife. Residents of Victoria Gardens at Newtongrange in Edinburgh also objected to projected noise levels and the inadequate proposals for barrier fences.

Passage through Parliament

In June 2006, the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act 2006 asp 13 was passed by the Scottish Parliament by 114 votes to 1. It proposed re-opening the line as far as Tweedbank, just south of the burgh of Galashiels. The bill was given the Royal Assent in July 2006. [2]

Scottish Parliament Devolved parliament of Scotland

The Scottish Parliament is the devolved unicameral legislature of Scotland. Located in the Holyrood area of the capital city, Edinburgh, it is frequently referred to by the metonym Holyrood.

Tweedbank village in United Kingdom

Tweedbank is a large village south-east of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, Scotland. It is an outer suburb or satellite development of Galashiels, on the other (eastern) side of the River Tweed. The population of Tweedbank at the latest census is 2,101.

Burgh former autonomous corporate entity in Scotland and Northern England

A burgh was an autonomous municipal corporation in Scotland and Northern England, usually a town, or toun in Scots. This type of administrative division existed from the 12th century, when King David I created the first royal burghs. Burgh status was broadly analogous to borough status, found in the rest of the United Kingdom. Following local government reorganization in 1975 the title of "royal burgh" remains in use in many towns, but now has little more than ceremonial value.

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