0 Have your say The campaign to re-open the St Andrews rail link after a 50-year gap today won Scottish Government funding for a study which could pave the way for the scheme. Transport Secretary Michael Matheson further raised campaigners hopes by choosing the Fife town to announce £681,000 for research into the project and nine other potential rail initiatives across Scotland.The appraisals will determine whether rail is the best transport development option, which could lead to government money to build them.Research for the St Andrews Rail Link campaign (StARLink) in 2012 found that restoring the five-mile spur from Leuchars would cost £71 million.Its report said the line, closed in 1969, would cover its operating costs and provide faster journeys to and from Edinburgh than by road.Also awarded appraisal funding, with potential rail elements:East Lothian Council – new Haddington stationFife Council – Cross-Forth travelHighlands and … [Read more...] about Full steam ahead for St Andrews rail study
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By James O’Connor Three golfers will fly the Irish flag today in the St Andrew’s Trophy as Great Britain and Ireland take on the Continent of Europe at Linna Golf, Finland.Following in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington, Kinsale’s John Murphy will tee it up for GB&I after making his debut senior debut for Ireland just two weeks ago.The 20-year-old made his breakthrough in June when he won the St Andrews Links Trophy and followed it up with a stellar performance at the Amateur Open Championship, reaching the quarter-final.Robin Dawson (Tramore) will also represent the side in Finland. After winning the Flogas Irish Amateur Open and reaching the final at the Amateur Open in Scotland, Dawson, 22, has risen to a career-high 10th in the world rankings.Conor Purcell of Portmarnock is the third Irishman selected.The teams will play four foursomes matches this morning and tomorrow morning, while eight singles matches are played this afternoon and … [Read more...] about Irish trio tee off at St Andrew’s Trophy in Finland
Donald Trump spent more than three years trying to establish a “landmark” hotel at the world-famous home of golf, making at least four failed offers for one of Scotland’s showpiece properties, a Scotland on Sunday investigation can reveal. The US president and his children held high-level talks with senior Scottish banking executives to try and take over Hamilton Hall in St Andrews, one of the most prized venues in world golf, which is now home to some of Scotland’s most expensive properties. However, Trump was repeatedly rebuffed in his attempts to secure financing for what would have been his first international hotel venture. The 71-year-old offered to pay as much as £23m to secure the grand 19th century building overlooking the Old Course’s 18th green. But he insisted on receiving a mortgage and loan totalling £38m, a deal financiers deemed “too risky.” One Bank of Scotland executive who met the property magnate at Trump Tower … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s failed attempts to buy landmark St Andrews hotel
0 Have your say Donald Trump tried and failed to convince one of Scotland’s leading banks to provide him with nearly £40m in order to bankroll his attempted purchase of one of the country’s most prestigious properties, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The US president asked the Bank of Scotland for £38m in financing as he tried to establish what would have been his first wholly owned hotel venture outside of the US.READ MORE: Revealed: How Donald Trump tried and failed to buy one of Scotland’s most expensive propertiesThe 71-year-old, whose portfolio of Scotland-based businesses includes the coveted Trump Turnberry hotel and golf course in South Ayrshire and Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, wanted to create a luxury hotel at St Andrews, the home of golf.READ MORE: A history of Hamilton HallThe real estate developer turned politician tried for more than three years to purchase Hamilton Hall, the iconic Victorian sandstone building … [Read more...] about Donald Trump St Andrews: US President’s secret attempts to buy landmark hotel
0 Have your say If there is one key question raised by Donald Trump’s fruitless pursuit of Hamilton Hall, the iconic sandstone property overlooking the home of golf, it is why he asked the Bank of Scotland to provide financing for the deal. Out of four offers he or his companies proposed for the St Andrews landmark, two stipulated that Trump’s firm would in turn receive either a mortgage, a loan, or both.READ MORE: US President’s secret bid to buy one of Scotland’s most prestigious propertiesOn 15 October 2008, the date he submitted his first offer to the bank, he proposed a purchase price of £23m, yet asked for a mortgage for the same amount, as well as a construction loan for £15m. Assessed in isolation, the fact Trump sought out financing for what would have been his first international hotel venture is far from unusual. That is, after all, how he has conducted his business over much of his career. READ MORE: Revealed: How Donald Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump St Andrews: Why did billionaire Trump need bank support?