Class 380 EMU at Drem on its first day
Rail Action Group East of Scotland
RAGES

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Aims of RAGES

To improve the rail service between Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick upon Tweed.

To have East Linton and Reston stations re-opened for active use.

To improve the level of service to North Berwick.

To re-open the branch line from Longniddry to Haddington.

To consider the implications with regard to car parking and bicycle storage at stations between Waverley and Berwick upon Tweed.

To keep under scrutiny the standards of passenger facilities at stations between Waverley and Berwick, including North Berwick, and to draw the attention of the relevant bodies to shortcomings which arise.

The group, being environmentally minded, will actively strive to encourage rail travel within its geographical area.

 

Latest Campaign News

The meeting held on 22 June 2017, chaired by Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, and attended by RAGES, Network Rail and Transport Scotland were very disappointed to be told that a new study was to be made into the railways fitness for purpose, to report in 2020. 

As an action from the RAGES AGM held in September 2017, our members were encouraged to send an e-mail or letter to the Minister expressing their dismay at the continuing delay in re-opening the two stations.

In mid-October there as an announcement where the Minister claimed "... that the rail fund allocation from the UK Treasury leaves a 600m gap and said: "This 600m shortfall will do serious damage to Scotland's railways and our future enhancement projects."

Members were again asked to contact the Minister urging him not to delay the re-opening of our stations given the relatively small funding that is required.

Those who did got a reply:

"Any funding shortfall may impact a wide range of plans for the rising demand for Scotland’s railways.  To date, Transport Scotland have not yet published the statement of funds available (SoFA) for the rail network for 2019-2024.  We are continuing our constructive engagement with HM Treasury on principals and overall funding available in order to allow us to resolve the matter of the shortfall.

"In the meantime, we will continue to work with the rail industry to plan for the next rail investment period and the commitment to progress Reston and East Linton stations as early as practicable in Control Period 6 (2019-2024)."

RAGES met Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance and Jonathan Pugh, Strategy and Planning Director (Scotland) at 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow on 21st November 2017 when they welcomed the news that the Line Capacity Study had just started and would conclude sometime around April/May 2018 and not in 2020 as had been reported earlier.  This will look at not just our service requirements for a viable all day service timetable, but that of all other users of the East Coast Main Line including freight.