It is “50-50” as to whether Edinburgh’s Southern Suburban Railway could be reopened to passenger traffic, the city’s transport convener has said.
Scott Arthur, who leads on transport for the Labour administration that re-took control of Edinburgh City Council from the SNP last year, said there would be a consultation on the proposal in the summer.
The route, popularly known as ‘the Sub’, connected the city centre with Piershill, Portobello, Duddingston, Newington and Craiglockhart on a loop line across the city’s south. It was closed to stopping services in 1962, but maintained to passenger standard so that it could be used for diversions.
Consideration of a reopening of the route to passenger traffic was included in a city transport plan approved on February 2.
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