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Investment in local east coast rail service

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

Reopening Reston station is getting closer to becoming a reality, Scottish Borders Council increasing their investment in the project to £1.28 million.

The council’s increased contribution to the project - up from £300,000 - comes just days after East Linton also upgraded their financial commitment to the re-opening of East Linton Station, increasing the prospect of a new local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick.

Bids for the Scot Rail franchise, starting in April 2015 are in - April 2014 the deadline - and all bidders were told to include costings for introducing a local service between Edinburgh and Berwick.

While selection of who will run Scotland’s trains from April 2015 is considered, the decision is due in October, the two local councils and SEStran (South East Scotland Transport) are working up a bid for a share of the £30 million the Scottish Government has made available for station improvements.

Explaining SBC’s increased financial input into Reston Station, leader Councillor David Parker, said: “Because of the importance of rail accessibility to the future social and economic well-being of east Berwickshire, the council has now decided to increase its proposed level of funding towards the scheme, which can only bode well for the station plans.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure added: “The opportunity to finally secure a station at Reston, as well as East Linton, will have local and regional benefits for the area that far outstrip its costs.”

East Lothian also agreed to increase their funding of £200,000 for three years to East Linton station, the new figure dependent on the final bid to the station fund,

 

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