Reston stationre-openingby 2024

Rail campaigners are more optimistic than they have been for some time about the re-opening of Reston and East Linton stations.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 10:30 am
The potential for a new train station at Reston in Berwickshire is a step closer. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

After meeting the Scottish Transport Minister, local MSPs and Transport Scotland representatives, RAGES (Rail Action Group East Scotland) left in a positive frame of mind.

On Facebook, they posted: ‘After making our frustation clear on how long we have been campaigning to have East Linton and Reston Stations opened we left these meetings positive that thing are now moving forward to the re-opening of the two stations.

“Transport Scotland gave us the news that the stations will be delivered in Control Period 6 (2019-24) as part of a larger, longer term package of work currently being developed to enhance connectivity capacity on the East Coast Main Line.’

The news could pave the way for improved services to and from Berwick.

Rages have asked the Transport Minister to have the stations opened in 2020.

South of Scotland SNP MSP Paul Wheelhouse was at the meeting and said afterwards: “It is all a matter of details now on design and timings. The stations are going to be built, which is great to be able to talk about - no longer theory - and the Cabinet Secretary is keen to see them happen.”