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.
However, due to shortage of time, these two Dunbar points were very rushed through but the Minister did agree to look at these issues and requirement respectively and would get back to RAGES.