Impatience at Reston station delays

Barrie Forrest of Rail Aation Group East of Scotland (RAGES) is campaigning for the reopening of a train station at Reston. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy
Barrie Forrest of Rail Aation Group East of Scotland (RAGES) is campaigning for the reopening of a train station at Reston. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

More than 40 people attended the recent Rail Action Group, East of Scotland (RAGES) in Reston Village Hall.

Guest speaker Lindley Kirkpatrick’s speech informed the meeting of ScotRail’s Community Rail Partnership, and debate at the meeting centred on the perceived lack of urgency in reinstating the stations at Reston and East Linton.

Network Rail are currently surveying the Reston and east Linton sites in order to produce costings.

Meanwhile the group has written to the Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, requesting a meeting.

The letter, reads, in part: “The RAGES committee would like to meet with you on an urgent basis given the great uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the local service and re-opening of East Linton and Reston Stations.

“Committee members have been informed that this project is under review which does not give us or indeed the members and public alike any confidence that this hugely important project will go ahead.

“The Network Rail Interim Report was due at the end of July and we understand this report has been delayed by some three months - if we are to see delays such as this at this early stage, I fear that when the larger parts of this project are undertaken, even greater delays will be encountered, which does not bode well.

“On top of this, we have the significant threat from First Group and GNER who wish to exercise the ‘Open Access’ agreement on the ECML to run Edinburgh to London airport trains which have the propensity to take a significant amount of our paths!”