Reston railway station plans due to be submitted by mid-August
Plans for the new railway station at Reston are expected to be submitted to Scottish Borders Council by the middle of August.
And it’s hoped construction might be completed by the end of 2021.
Reston and Auchencrow Community Council held a meeting with Network Rail to discuss the station last week.
Members of the community council, including chairman Barrie Forrest, who also represented RAGES (Rail Action Group East of Scotland), were told that it is proposed to have the design submitted to Scottish Borders Council planning department by mid-August.
This will be followed by a 16-week consultation period.
Presently two studies are awaited before the plans can be submitted – an ecology study on bats and a flood risk study.
Once these have been received Network Rail will submit the planning application.
The proposed completion date for the construction is December 2021, but it may go into 2022.
Previous designs included a car park with the capacity for 200 cars, but the new design will feature a car park for around 70 vehicles.
However, there is sufficient land being purchased to incorporate the 200 capacity as originally intended should the need arise.
In line with government policy, electric charging points will be installed.
There are no plans to install toilets at the station, as Network Rail see this is as an unmanned station and it is not policy for toilets to be installed.
Ingress and egress points to the station are a major concern as Reston Main Street is linear in design and has historically suffered from traffic flow due to the bottleneck near to the local shop.
With the envisaged increase in traffic flow, the proposed station access from the B6438 is expected to exacerbate the traffic problem further.
A proposed roundabout is to be included in the design for access to the station car park which will be near to the existing access to The Orchard road.
This road will be closed off from its existing access point and access to The Orchard will be via a new road running parallel to it.
It was also stated that the underpass was not to be used as this was not suitable due to safety concerns, primarily because of the existing farm vehicle traffic and present pedestrian use.
So two lifts are to be installed, which are to be the first ones of a new design in the UK, at Reston and East Linton stations. They will be more suitable for disabled users.