Increase in cost of new rail stations

Financing new stations at Reston and East Linton as part of a new Edinburgh-Berwick local rail service looks to have gone a little off track.

East Lothian councillors heard this week that the council has been told it needs to provide up to £400,000 for a detailed design for the new station at East Linton.

It is believed that Scottish Borders Council, which has already committed £1.28 million to the proposed local rail service, has also been asked for a further £400,000 for Reston station.

SBC were reluctant to confirm this, a spokesperson saying: “Discussions with the Scottish Government and Network Rail regarding the development of a new station at Reston are currently ongoing. As a result, we cannot comment on the detailed financial aspects of the station delivery process at the present time.”

Eastimated costs for re-opening Reston station are £3.2 million (£3.9 million for East Linton) and both councils along with SEStran have put in a bid to the Scottish Stations Fund for part of the costs.