New Reston station call made

The Scottish Government's new Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is being urged to prioritise the re-opening of Reston Station.

Thursday, 12th July 2018, 2:07 pm
Stewart Stevenson, former Scottish transport minister, with John Lamont, at Reston Station in 2009.

In 2014, the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary Keith Brown said he hoped trains would be stopping at Reston by 2016.

Four years and three transport ministers later, there is still a question mark over when a local train service between Edinburgh and Berwick will get started and Reston Station re-opened.

Concerned that no ground work had yet been done and facing the real possibility that it could be 2025 before Reston Station is re-opened, Borders MP John Lamont has written to the latest Transport Secretary.

“RAGES are now on their fourth Transport Minister and they will be hoping that this one finally delivers on the SNP’s promise to reopen Reston Station,” he said. “There is no excuse to delay any further.”

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Members of RAGES (Rail Action Group East Scotland) met Humza Yousaf last month when he was still Transport Minister and he explained to them that Transport Scotland had been instructed to ensure that Reston and East Linton stations were constructed in parallel with the upgrade of Portobello junction. Mr Yousaf also gave an assurance the RAGES would be given an update on the development work resulting from the Capacity Study between Edinburgh and Berwick.

Rachael Hamilton MSP added: “Campaigners have worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to bring the station back to Reston.They are sick of being told to wait a bit longer for this much needed investment.

“I hope that the new Transport Secretary will meet with RAGES very soon and put action ahead of words.”

Transport Ministers have been visiting Reston station for the past decade.

Pictured is Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson who visited in 2009 and met John Lamont and RAGES representatives Tom Thorburn and Barry Forrest.