Upgrade to east coast rail line welcomed

The East Coast mainline passing Ayton Castle
The East Coast mainline passing Ayton Castle

Upgrades to the tune of £780m are planned for the east coast main line which will see journey times between Edinburgh and London reduced by 15 minutes.

The investment, announced by the UK Government’s Department for Transport, will see power improvements between Doncaster and Edinburgh, and approximately 40 per cent more seats an hour across the route to London.

However, campaigners who want to see Reston and East Linton stations re-opened along the route and a new local service between Edinburgh and Berwick, are still waiting for a decision from the Scottish Government on when this will happen.

John Lamont, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, welcomed the investment in the rail line, adding: “While this announcement is welcomed, it is bittersweet to many Borderers who are still awaiting an announcement from the Scottish Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, regarding the reopening of Reston Station. Something RAGES (Rail Action Group East Scotland) has been campaigning tirelessly for.

“I hope that this investment across the line from the UK Government will jolt the SNP led Scottish Government into action to reopen Reston, and East Linton, as a matter of urgency.”