Financial commitment from Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian Council is now needed towards the construction costs of re-opening stations at Reston and East Linton, says MSP Paul Wheelhouse.
Train operators bidding to take over the next Scotrail franchise in 2015 have been told to include the option of services using Reston and East Linton in their bids.
Mr Wheelhouse, the South of Scotland MSP, is now urging the two councils to table their financial commitment to the £7.4 million project as soon as possible. “I will be writing to both councils to encourage them to provide as much information on this as possible,” said Mr Wheelhouse.
“Any funds they can commit towards the capital cost to strengthen the bid for the £30million Scottish Government Stations Investment Fund could be hugely significant.
“It is a great advantage that we now have the agreed transport appraisal that confirms the positive business case and the need for both stations to be included to minimise the operating subsidy required.
“The project would be truly transformative for the economic fortunes of both Eyemouth and east Berwickshire, in particular, and enable new, fast and sustainable transport opportunities for the area.
“I know the leadership of Scottish Borders Council agree on the importance of the project, so I hope both they and East Lothian Council engage with Transport Scotland to provide early detail on the scale of funding they can commit.
“This could be crucial in sealing success in what is a competitive process for funding”.