Rail station goes full steam ahead

A brand new railway station at Reston is on track for approval from councillors next week.

By Paul Kelly
Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 10:06 am
Reston's new railway station is set to become a reality.
Reston's new railway station is set to become a reality.

Members of the council’s planning and building standards committee will be recommended to give the station the green light when they meet via videolink on Monday, February 1.

The major project incorporates a new road, a transport interchange, waiting shelters, car park and a footbridge crossing, serving two platforms.

The site is located 200 metres east of the original Reston Station, which was closed in 1964.

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If the application is rubber-stamped the station would become the first to be encountered by travellers entering Scotland by train, and work could start within weeks.

A lengthy campaign has seen agreement between the local authority and the Scottish Government to bring a facility back to the village.

However, plans originally drawn up have been slightly truncated.

Earlier designs included a car park with a capacity for 200 vehicles, but that figure has now been reduced to 70.

There are also no plans to install toilets, which is the approach of Network Rail at all unmanned stations.

Nevertheless, the economic benefits of a new station are significant, with an assessment calculating there would be a return on the investment of £7.45 for every £1 spent on the project.

Further benefits include increased opportunities for people to live, work and start businesses in Berwickshire, in addition to attracting tourists.

A station opened in Reston in 1846 and operated for more than a century.