Rail service hopes get a £2 million funding boost

A rail campaign group has welcomed increased funding of more than £2million aimed at putting stations back on track.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 1:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 12:59 pm
Barrie Forrest at the site of the old Reston Station.

The Scottish Government has upped its contribution of 50 per cent to 60 per cent in support of the reopening of Reston and East Linton.

The increase means that the £10million cost of reopening Reston station, which closed in 1964, will be met with more than £6million government funding.

Rail Action Group East Scotland vice-chairman Barrie Forrest said: “This has put things right on track for us and it is a big boost for us too but now it goes back to the council who will discuss it.

“We are really hoping that this is the last stretch as we are now hoping for this all to be done by 2018.

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“It is incredibly important for commuters and will make a massive difference to people in these areas, in particular students who wish to save from the cost of living in Edinburgh.”

Two years ago, the former Transport Minister stated that trains would be stopping at the stations by December this year. A gap in funding has been the cause of the delay but, in August, Scottish Borders Council upped its contribution for Reston Station from £1.28million to £2.84million.

It is envisaged that a local train service between Berwick and Edinburgh would serve the stations.