Councillor Michael Veitch, transport spokesperson for East Lothian Council, has met with ScotRail in Dunbar to discuss various matters relating to rail services in the county.
Issues discussed at the meeting included car parks and new station designs.
East Lothian Council are keen to see extensions to the car parks at the Dunbar, Drem and Longniddry stations. ScotRail have confirmed that they will be conducting a review of parking provision, and a further meeting has been scheduled to continue these discussions.
Discussions between the parties involved in the local services at East Linton and Dunbar are continuing and it is hoped that single design solutions for the new stations will be available before the end of the year.
With regard to station toilets, particularly at North Berwick, ScotRail advised that it does not install public toilets at unstaffed stations across the Scottish rail network. This is due in part to issues with the security of the facilities and unfortunately also the potential for misuse, and issues with the cleaning of the facilities. East Lothian Council will now look at options for toilets on land adjacent to the station.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Veitch said: “I am extremely grateful to ScotRail for taking the time to meet with us in Dunbar last week.
“I’m very pleased to hear that ScotRail is to conduct a review of car parking strategy at its stations, with further discussions between the Council and ScotRail planned where parking at Drem, Dunbar and Longniddry can be looked at. With so many important rail initiatives affecting East Lothian, in particular the campaign to re-open East Linton station, formal and positive dialogue between East Lothian Council and ScotRail will become increasingly important in the months and years ahead.”
A ScotRail spokesman said: “It was a constructive meeting, in tune with our aims to transform our railway, connect Scotland and make our country a better, more prosperous place.”