CANCELLED trains, delays and signal problems.

Under-fire rail chiefs have been inundated with complaints following the first full weekend of the Borders Railway.

Many would-be passengers have been left standing on platforms as packed trains struggled to keep up with demand on the new line between Tweedbank and Edinburgh.

ScotRail has promised to make Tweeks to their service - or at least that's what their misspelt promotional sign (pictured above) appeared to suggest.

Posting on the rail company's Facebook page, Helen Davidson said: "Finding it a bit stupid that you spend years working on reinstating a line because there's high demand for it and you only put two carriages on. I've got a very upset five-year-old at the moment because he's not been able to get the train."

And they weren't alone, despite ScotRail doubling the number of carriages on some of its services.

Another traveller, Louise Nisbet, added: "Absolute disgrace. Tickets booked and paid for online to go from Galashiels to Edinburgh. Waiting at Galashiels and it is announced the train is full coming from Tweedbank - only two carriages. One hour later and exactly the same train full before it even gets to Galashiels. Can't even get a refund as have to go to the nearest manned station, which is Edinburgh. How can (ScotRail) keep taking money from customers and then not allow them to travel?"

Meghan Marley Callaghan did manage to jump on board the new 55 minute service - but it took more than two hours to reach its destination following reports of a points failure, which also led to complaints of other services being cancelled.

Meghan said: "It's a great thing, very beneficial. But given only one week in and last night the 9.56pm train leaving Edinburgh Waverley did not reach Galashiels until after 12am it's quite a disappointment.

"We were stuck on the track less than a mile out of Stow, filled with numerous amount of people. Although I would like to say one of the workers had a very hard and tiresome job trying to keep the drunks quiet and had the patience of a Saint."

Earlier today the Border Telegraph revealed that former Borders MP David Steel has questioned whether the potential of the railway's return to the region, following an absence of almost half a century, had been underestimated.

His comments followed complaints over a lack of seats, ticket machines and parking spaces on the new line.

And, it is feared that it could put some people off travelling by train unless the "teething issues" are quickly resolved.

Wheelchair user Donna Deerin, posting on the Border Telegraph's Facebook page, said: "I had my first trip yesterday, bought my year disabled card." But she added: "I will never be on this route again, came home ill and humiliated. ScotRail needs to hang their head in shame, absolutely disgusted and ashamed I went through this experience!"

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