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Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

More money has been offered to support the reopening of two stations on the East Coast Main Line in Scotland.

Following talks with transport minister Humza Yousaf and the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils have both increased their proposed funding for the reopening of Reston and East Linton stations.

The Scottish Borders Council has now promised £2.84m for Reston station and the establishment of a local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Cllr Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure at Scottish Borders Council, said: “I am pleased that the council has been able to increase its offer to the Scottish Government towards the delivery of Reston station, and we continue to work closely with partners to ensure this becomes a reality as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, East Lothian has offered £3.44m for East Linton’s reinstatement.

Cllr Michael Veitch, spokesperson for transport and roads at East Lothian, said: “This is an unprecedented level of contribution from a local authority partner for a project of this kind – which shows just how much value East Lothian Council places on this project.

“A local rail service covering Reston and East Linton and linking these two communities to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh could be of huge benefit to the local economy in terms of making this area an even more attractive place to live, with great transport links. It would also be a boost to local businesses, bringing visitors to these communities from East Lothian and beyond.”

The councils first endorsed reopening the stations in 2014, when they offered £3.1m between them to support both stations. They are now seeking the green light from the Scottish government for the project to go ahead.

If the offer is successful, they will then need to meet the rest of the funding, estimated to be £10.63m for Reston and £11.13m for East Linton after Network Rail carried out preliminary design work on the stations.

The councils will carry out an impact assessment before, along with SEStran, applying to the Scottish Stations Fund for the rest of the funding.

(Image c. Danny Lawson from PA Images)

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Andrew Gwilt   27/08/2016 at 23:41

New railway stations in England, Scotland and Wales are set to be built/rebuilt and to be opened/reopened within 5-6 years or within 5-10 years.

Andrew Gwilt   28/08/2016 at 00:04 Metropolitan Line (Croxley Rail Link): High Speed 2 (HS2):

Boris   29/08/2016 at 12:17

Andrew... I don't think wikipedia articles are a reliable source. But thanks for trying.

Andy   29/08/2016 at 20:51

Andrew Gwitt. Thanks for listing the proposed re-openings. Boris. You're response to Andrew sounds patronising. Most people are aware of the need for caution when relying on Wikipedia articles, but firstly where else are you going to find this information in one place, and secondly the news source of the proposed openings are in general quoted.

Charlie   30/08/2016 at 18:05

You could try Railfuture they are usually on the ball regarding re-opened and new mainline stations: Not sure how much cash there is in the Scottish Stations Fund but there are at least 2 other stations waiting to be funded viz. Dalcross and Kintore so there won't be much change from £50m if they are all funded together.

Andrew Gwilt   11/09/2016 at 23:16

Well sometimes Wikipedia can be full of useful ideas no matter you will find and with new railway stations planned to be built and new trains to be ordered. Wikipedia knows that transportation is evolving.

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