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


Dunbar Gallery

New bridge at Dunbar just after its installation on 04/11/2019.


Artist's impression of new Platform at Dunbar.


Flower Train at Dunbar.


New sign at Dunbar.


New sign at Dunbar.


Class 380 at Dunbar showing new notices on train doors announcing the operator as Abellio.


Class 380 EMU at Dunbar with a CrossCountry train passing on the fast line.


Karen Boswell, MD of East Coast on the occasion of her visit to Dunbar to meet with RAGES on 19 March 2012.


First day of service of 380 on 11/06/2011 pictured at Waverley.


Our chairman, Tom Thorburn alighting at Dunbar from the first ScotRail train on 24/05/2010 for over 20 years when most of the Committee joined him.


First ScotRail train to Dunbar on 24/05/2010 pictured at Waverley.


A re-furbished Dunbar station was officially opened on 19 July 1999 by the then MSP John Home Robretson (left).

Extra Platform for Dunbar

Network Rail, and main contractor Amco, have begun work on Dunbar’s new second platform. Construction work on the project will be ongoing from May 2019 until early 2020, with the new platform being operational from December 2019.

Engineers are establishing a project office and compound ahead of the start of construction work at the station. Throughout May work will take place to clear vegetation and redundant structures and track to make way for the new infrastructure.

The project will deliver a new, 271m-long second platform and a fully-accessible steel footbridge, with sandstone clad lift towers. The new platform will provide increased capacity and improve operational flexibility as currently all northbound and southbound services have to use the same platform. Northbound stopping services will use the new platform once it is constructed and it will also allow train companies on the East Coast Main Line to operate more services on the route in the future.

The construction of the new platform will provide additional capacity, improved operational flexibility and support a potential journey time improvement for some northbound services on the East Coast Main Line.

Photographs of construction progress can be seen at Tom Dickson's photograph page.

More information about the project can be found at the Network Rail web page by clicking here.

The latest programme of work at Dunbar can be seen in Network Rail's letter at this link.

The new footbridge was put in place on the night shift of 3rd/4th November.  A 500 tonne crane was used to install the footbridge which is 26m long weighing approximately 20 tonnes.

The Network Rail video of the crane lift can be seen at this link.

In response to questions raised by members and forwarded to Network Rail, they have responded as follows (these now have updates added to the original answers below):

Q. How many stairs will there be on each lift tower?

A. The plan is that both platforms will have three flights of stairs to the footbridge. Each flight will have 12 stairs (including stepping on to landings). So, 36 stairs/steps leading to the footbridge on the existing platform and 36 stairs leading to the footbridge on the new down platform. This is subject to change of course.

Q. Quite a few people have been asking will there be direct access to the new platform from the south side of the station.

A. Creating a direct access point to the new platform is not part of the current construction work. However, East Lothian Council are currently exploring the possibility of direct access to the new down platform using the existing lane which is currently being used as exit/entry point for construction traffic. To my knowledge there may be an issue with existing joint land ownership to overcome. (Update: It is believed that East Lothian Council have passed planning permisison for this.)

Q. Will there be ticket machines located on the new platform (also on the existing platform would be useful), the reason for the question is that when the main booking office/waiting room is closed members of the public are unable to purchase/collect tickets.

A. Update:  There will now be ticket machines on both platforms.

The image opposite second top is from Network Rail's press release.

Dunbar Train Passenger Count

The RAGES Committee conducted an all day, all train passenger count at Dunbar on Tuesday 18th June 2019.  What this count makes abundantly clear is the serious lack of trains in the morning peak.  Ideally this commuter town requires addition trains at 06:15; 07:20 and 08:10 to cater for those people working in Edinburgh and further afield.  Also of note is in the evening peak, there requires to be another train from Edinburgh calling at Dunbar to relieve the overcrowding on the current services which are predominantly provided by LNER and CrossCountry.  At the end of the day, later services from Edinburgh are required around 23:15/23:30 to cater for people taking in theatre and other recreation activities in our capital city.

The passenger count can be viewed at this link.

Story at Dunbar

RAGES has long been pressing for the re-introduction of the local service from Edinburgh to Berwick with the possible re-opening of stations at East Linton and Reston.

On 24 May 2010 First ScotRail started the new Monday-Friday services.

A further return service around lunchtime was offered from the December 2010 timetable. From December 2010, ScotRail began running the 23:17 Edinburgh to Dunbar on a Friday. In the May 2011 timetable, ScotRail introduced a 16:33 Edinburgh to Dunbar and 17:02 return service and all their Dunbar trains now stop at Musselburgh. From December 2011, ScotRail have added a further service at 22:06 from Edinburgh to Dunbar on Saturdays only. This was a vast improvement on the previous last train at 19:00 by East Coast.

East Lothian Council, RAGES and Sustaining Dunbar organised a public meeting in Dunbar to offer further information for inclusion in the study as reported in The Rages Rag Issue 47.

From Saturday 15 December 2011, new Edinburgh to Dunbar Saturday services started which matched the weekday one.  All stop at Musselburgh.

When the new local service is introduced, Dunbar will benefit with extra trains in the early morning and later at night with the two-hour service.

Dunbar station came under the ScotRail management on 1 July 2015.  Re-branding of the station has started as can be seen in the photographs opposite.

Volunteers at Dunbar station have planted up the new train barrel planter recently placed on the station platform by ScotRail, as seen in the photograph opposite (courtesy of John Yellowlees).

After RAGES pursued ScotRail for replacement of the often non-working ticket machine as well as a second one, both of these have now happened.

RAGES are delighted to announce that after all their meetings with Virgin Trains East Coast to negotiate additional calls for Dunbar and Berwick, two totally new services have been introduced. These are:

Saturdays only 20:00 Edinburgh to Newcastle, calling at Dunbar 20:20, Berwick 20:45, Alnmouth 21:06, Morpeth 21:26 and Newcastle 21:43 and

Sundays only 08:45 Newcastle to Edinburgh, calling at Morpeth 09:00, Alnmouth 09:16, Berwick 09:40, Dunbar 10:04 and Edinburgh 10:28.

RAGES are grateful for these new services and will continue discussions with Virgin Trains East Coast to have a mid-morning Edinburgh to King's Cross train call at Dunbar and a mid-morning to noon King's Cross departure service call at Dunbar.

At the meeting with the Minister for Transport on 8th February 2017, RAGES raised the following two points about fares and additional services at Dunbar.

Fares at Dunbar, which is a ScotRail station, are set by Virgin Trains East Coast. This is grossly unjust given that ScotRail have just increased their fares by 1.9% whereas VTEC increased Dunbar passengers' fares by 5%. In addition, these passengers are unique in that they have to pay 4 to park their cars, unlike passengers from the other six stations in East Lothian.
Also there are no off-peak fares available from Dunbar, again unlike the other ScotRail stations.

RAGES asked the Minister to have this situation addressed in favour of Dunbar station passengers.

Also, Dunbar station requires additional services for this rapidly expanding town. Our passenger statistics show that there are in excess of 460 passengers boarding the first three Edinburgh bound services (07:00, 07:42 and 08:56).

Given that there are now another 1500 houses planned for Dunbar, this further reinforces the need for additional services – especially early morning services. These services should be provided by a ScotRail service which will have the additional benefit of protecting paths required for East Linton and Reston stations and relieving overcrowding on trains that serve Wallyford and Musselburgh.

RAGES therefore asked the Minister to have additional ScotRail services provided for Dunbar.  The Minister has replied to these points and his comments can be seen in The Rages Rag issue 68. 

Of note is his authorisation to build a second platform at Dunbar and the possible extension to car parking.  More information on the second platform and on the new Azuma Virgin Trains can be found in The Rages Rag issue 69.

RAGES has been successful in getting Virgin Trains East Coast to reduce their fares from Dunbar to Edinburgh - see The Rages Rag issue 69

In pursuit of extra long distance services at Dunbar, RAGES has put forward suggestions to CrossCountry in response to their Timetable Consultation.  RAGES met CrossCountry in October 2017 to discuss our proposals.