South Scotland

MPs in Galashiels to investigate border issues

Members of Westminster's Scottish affairs committee met in Galashiels to discuss issues affecting people living around the border with England.

The MPs took evidence as part of an investigation into the issues facing businesses and residents in the region.

Local MP Michael Moore was among those giving evidence at the Our Borderlands-Our Future inquiry.

He told the committee the opening of the Borders rail line in September must be "an Olympic moment".

The member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk said it was an opportunity for the area that could not be wasted.

Scottish Enterprise's Alistair McKinnon told the committee that the railway may encourage people to commute from Edinburgh to the Borders to work.

Bruce Simpson, of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, said the roll out of superfast broadband to the Borders by 2017 is "all very well".

But he added that it would mean the region is "three years behind" competitors.

Brian Richardson, who represented Dumfries and Galloway Council at the committee, said 3G would be nice in some areas of the south of Scotland.

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