History of RAGES - 2003

Date Event Further information
4 to 7 January 2003 Buses from Newcraighall to North Berwick service stations during engineering works at Dolphinstone. 322 units perform shuttle service from Edinburgh to Newcraighall. Report in The Rages Rag issue 16
17 January 2003 RAGES receive reply from the Public Petition Committee Report in The Rages Rag issue 16
24 February 2003 After many complaints from RAGES and MSP, GNER reduce car parking charges at Dunbar station
March 2003 40th anniversary of the Beeching Report!
15 March 2003 New ScotRail franchise reduced to four bidders
21 March 2003 More CCTV and customer information systems to be implemented on the North Berwick services stations by March 2004 Report in The Rages Rag issue 17
March 2003 ScotRail guards start industrial action
April 2003 RAGES' meetings with Scottish Borders Council members shows that the progress towards a feasibility study involving all interested parties is moving slowly Report in The Rages Rag issue 17
April 2003 New ticket machines being introduced on the North Berwick service are proving slower than the original ones Report in The Rages Rag issue 17
19/20 April 2003 Buses again for North Berwick service to allow Dolphinstone works to be completed and bring services brought back to normal
June 2003 RAGES wrote to GNER with a few suggestions for improvement and receive a reply Report in The Rages Rag issue 18
24 June 2003 Arriva Trains meet with RAGES and Berwickshire Area Committee about their intentions for the ScotRail franchise Report in The Rages Rag issue 18
3 July 2003 RAGES' committee members attended the Rail Passengers Committee meeting in Edinburgh Report in The Rages Rag issue 18
7 August 2003 CRAG announce their proposals for Crossrail 2 which would provide a service from North Berwick/Dunbar to Newcraighall via Waverley and Haymarket and anti-clockwise round the South Suburban line
29 August 2003 RAGES meets with National Express (ScotRail) to discuss our aspirations for the new franchise
29 August 2003 ScotRail announces extra Sunday services for the North Berwick service – started on November 9 Report in The Rages Rag issue 19
3 September 2003 4th Annual General Meeting Report in The Rages Rag issue 19
September 2003 RAGES sends memo to all South-east Scotland politicians urging them to lobby the Transport Minister for a local train service to Dunbar Report in The Rages Rag issue 19
23 October 2003 GNER launch refurbished 225 sets Report in The Rages Rag issue 19
October 2003 RAGES met Nicol Steven, Transport Minister, to discuss local service to Berwick Report in The Rages Rag issue 20
27 October 2003 Combined bus/train service starts from Haddington to Edinburgh Park station via Newcraighall although Edinburgh Park opening is delayed Report in The Rages Rag issue 19
27 November 2003 Meeting with East Lothian Council to discuss way forward for feasibility study for local service to Dunbar Report in The Rages Rag issue 20
December 2003 ScotRail announces better security and train information at station Report in The Rages Rag issue 20
21 December 2003 Loco-hauled coaches proved on North Berwick service Report in The Rages Rag issue 20