The Scottish Government’s newly appointed Transport Minister, Humza Yusaf, has given his support to the re-opening of railway stations at Reston and East Linton in East Lothian.
Members of RAGES (Rail Action Group East Scotland) were joined by MSPs Iain Gray (East Lothian) and John Lamont (Borders) for the meeting with Mr Yusaf during which he was “encouragaing” about the new stations and the introduction of a local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The group that has been fighting for an improved local rail service and additional stations between Edinburgh and Berwick since 1999 were also due to meet the managing director of ScotRail Alliance, Phil Verster, to discuss current operations and the future of North Berwick and Dunbar train services.
However, Mr Verster was unable to attend the scheduled meeting and RAGES representatives decided to reschedule the discussions rather than meet another member of ScotRail staff.
Funding for the new stations at Reston and East Linton still has to be confirmed and new ScotRail franchise holder Abellio has indicated that it doesn’t yet have enough trains to serve the local service and it’s unlikely that the new local service will be up and running before 2018. A local service on the east coast line was written into the franchise agreement by ScotRail and RAGES accused Abellio of breaking promises.