Borders MP wants start on Reston station

Work on Reston Station should finally begin this year '“ that's the expectation of Borders MP John Lamont.

Saturday, 6th January 2018, 7:45 am

After the Scottish Government was given record amounts of funding for railways in October (£3.6billion over five years), he insists that amount of money could pay for 360 Reston stations.

Mr Lamont has said there is now absolutely no excuse for the Scottish Government to delay over the reopening of Reston Station, closed for the past 50 years.

The Scottish Government has promised to reopen Reston and East Linton stations for several years. In November 2014, the former Transport Minister said trains would be stopping at Reston and East Linton by December 2016 but that timeline continues to be stretched and an East Coast Mainline capacity study is currently being undertaken.

Mr Lamont said: “The Scottish Government has billions of pounds to spend on railways and capital projects over the next few years, yet still they are full of excuses about why they cannot build Reston station.

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“Scottish Borders Council has its contribution ready and are really keen to get this project up and running. It’s simply laughable that the SNP are trying to say they don’t have the extra £1.24million needed to re-open the station given the huge amounts of money they have to invest in transport infrastructure over the next few years.”

He added: “The cost of reopening Reston station is a mere drop in the ocean compared to the billions of pounds extra coming to Scotland from the UK Government. The SNP need to stop dragging their feet over this and start work as soon as possible.”