New petition asks for Reston station to be fast-tracked

An online petition calling for the opening of Reston Station has been signed by hundreds of people.

Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 11:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 11:31 am
The East Coast Mainline at Reston in Berwickshire. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

Alice Fisher, who moved to Coldingham in 2012, started the petition, frustrated at the delays in getting a local rail service, with trains stopping at Reston.

“For almost 10 years this project has been continuously pushed back year after year,” said Alice. “Now we need your help to put the pressure on and make this dream a reality – we need signatures.

“The latest promises received from Transport Scotland is that these stations will be opened between 2019 and 2024.

“Will they? We might hear in 2024 that it’ll be another 10 years. This has to stop. No more delayed promises. We can’t wait any longer. We want those stations opened ASAP.”

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One of the first people to sign the online petition was former councillor Dave Jones, who said: “I have been pushing for the reopening of Reston Station since moving to Coldingham 21 years ago. After failed promise after failed promise we still seem to be no nearer in bringing this much-needed facility to east Berwickshire to boost the area economy.”

The petition will be sent to Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousef. The latest delay in starting a local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick is down to a new line capacity study, expected to be published this spring.