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East Lothian rail partnership is launched

Susataining Dunbar wants to encourage more people to use the town's rail service to Edinburgh.

Susataining Dunbar wants to encourage more people to use the town's rail service to Edinburgh.

East Lothian has become the first area in Scotland to introduce a government-backed community rail partnership.

Covering the lines from North Berwick to Edinburgh Waverley and Dunbar to Edinburgh Waverley, the East Lothian Community Rail Partnership will work with local community groups, organisations and businesses as well as the rail industry to encourage more locals and visitors to use trains.

Its establishment comes as a result of Scottish Government policy to enhance local railways.

Councillor Michael Veitch, East Lothian Council’s transport spokesman, said: “It is great that a wide range of communities, organisations and businesses have seen the benefits”.

Morag Haddow, Sustaining Dunbar’s transport officer, said: “Sustaining Dunbar is doing a lot of great work to look at ways locals and tourists in Dunbar can become more sustainable in their travel.”

“Whilst we will continue to work on local level initiatives for Dunbar, we look forward to linking with other similar groups and individuals across East Lothian to support region-wide initiatives.”

 

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