Cross-party support for Reston reopening

The two MPs who represent Reston and East Linton met the Secretary of State for Transport in a cross-party bid to reopen the stations on the East Coast Main Line.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 1:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th July 2018, 1:11 pm

John Lamont MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and Martin Whitfield MP for East Lothian sought assurances from Chris Grayling MP that the new East Coast Main Line contract will not hold up the campaign for reopening stations on the line.

Rail services on the line will be controlled by the Department for Transport until 2020, following the failure of the Stagecoach and Virgin Trains franchise.

Responding, John Lamont MP urged the Transport Secretary to consider how bringing the service into public control might affect the reopening of both stations.

Afterwards, he said: “Following the creation of LNER, I wanted to make sure that the Department for Transport understood the importance of reopening Reston Station.

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“I was pleased that nothing has changed and the UK Government remains committed to facilitating this much needed addition to the East Coast Main Line. The Secretary of State for Scotland will also ensure that Network Rail understands the importance of these projects.”

Reopening of the stations would pave the way for a local service between Berwick and Edinburgh and the possibility of later evening trains.