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Re­port claims sin­gle-track in­fra­struc­ture lim­its Borders per­for­mance

- Edinburgh · Scotland · Abellio ScotRail · Scottish Borders · Gorebridge · Portobello

Borders Rail Mon­i­tor says that since the Ed­in­burgh-Tweed­bank Borders Rail­way opened in 2015, it has failed to reach its tar­get of 92.5% of trains ar­riv­ing within five min­utes of sched­ule on at least 215 out of 239 weeks (ex­clud­ing the lock­down pe­riod). It also says there were no can­cel­la­tions on just 12 of 239 weeks.

The group’s founder, Bill Jamieson, blames the ex­ten­sive sin­gle-track sec­tions (dou­ble track only ac­counts for 9½ miles of the 30½-mile route).

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is call­ing for Trans­port Scot­land to solve the in­fra­struc­ture con­straints by ex­tend­ing the ex­ist­ing dou­ble­track sec­tion north through Gore­bridge sta­tion, and by en­hanc­ing East Coast Main

Line ca­pac­ity between Waver­ley and Por­to­bello Junc­tion (with re­mod­elling of the junc­tion).

It also says Trans­port Scot­land should eval­u­ate why mod­el­ling and ap­praisal pro­cesses failed to pre­dict the rid­er­ship lev­els (between 313% and 681% above fore­cast at the three sta­tions) or the poor per­for­mance.

In re­sponse, a ScotRail spokesman said: “We don’t ac­cept these fig­ures and be­lieve they have been in­cor­rectly cal­cu­lated.

“Our of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics, which are pub­lished on a pe­riod-by-pe­riod ba­sis, show that in Septem­ber across the fran­chise we achieved our high­est ever per­for­mance for the pe­riod ”

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