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To: Government and train operators
Later trains to Berwick-upon-Tweed
Introduce a later train service to Berwick-upon-Tweed from both Scotland and the south.
Currently the last train back from Edinburgh is 9pm (8pm on a Saturday).
Why is this important?
Berwick-upon-Tweed is situated almost exactly half way between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
The absence of a later train service causes great inconvenience for Berwick residents, those living in the wider area, commuters and those making day trips to places such as Edinburgh, Newcastle and York, those travelling for business purposes, attending sports events, concerts, personal appointments, visiting family etc etc.
It also has a negative impact on tourism and the local economy. For example, Berwick would be a good option for people to stay who wish to take in the Edinburgh Festival if it was not for the timing of the last train back.
Berwick is a train journey of around 45 minutes to both Edinburgh and Newcastle and should be promoted much more as a “Commuter Town” (with the knock on benefits) but this potential is not realised because of the timings of the last trains.
Berwick is also seeking to get major funding, through the Borderlands Growth Initiative, for a new theatre and conference centre and this needs to be accompanied and supported with later trains to maximise the benefits.
The advantages are significant and wide-ranging from what would seem a relatively simple and achievable measure.
Later trains stopping at Berwick is something that the government should insist on when awarding franchises to the train operators.