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Reston Gallery

Network Rail undertaking ground soundings for the new station.

 

CrossCountry train passing Reston station building.

 

East Coast train passing Reston.

 

Keith Brown, MSP and Minister for Transport on his visit to Reston in February 2012.

 

The site of the old Reston Station. The new proposed platforms start where the back of the train is. The other end of the platforms will stop at an under-bridge which will be used for access, this avoiding the need for an overbridge to be built.

 

The site plan of the proposed station.

 

Screenshot from BBC iPlayer of Barrie Forrest being interviewed for the BBC Landward programme, broadcasrt on 24 October 2008. With him are local twins Rebecca and Rhianne.

 

Stewart Stevenson, second left, MSP and previous Minister for Transport on his visit to Reston in August 2008.

 

RAGES presenting the 1862-signature petition to John McAllion MSP on 3 October 2002 at the Scottish Parliament. Euan Robson, MSP, arranged the handover.

 

Story at Reston

In October 2002, RAGES handed over a petition of 1862 signatures to the Scottish Parliament. The full story is in The Rages Rag issue 15. The response from the Petitions Committee, as detailed in The Rages Rag issue 16, was a bit disappointing, but they suggested that we developed links with the Scottish Borders Council with a view to participating in their conducting a feasibility study into the re-opening of Reston station.

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.

The main campaign story can be read at this link.

RAGES met the Minister for Transport on 13 March 2008 as reported in The Rages Rag Issue 37 which culminated in a visit by him to the site of a new Reston station on 5 August 2008.

The Rages Rag Issue 39 has more details of the visit.

RAGES were fortunate to have a meeting with the Minister for Transport, Keith Brown, MSP, in November 2011. This had mixed results, but he has promised to visit East Linton and Reston to see for himself the areas that would be served.  The report on the meeting can be seen in The Rages Rag Issue 52.

Since then the Minister visited East Linton, Reston and Eyemouth on 28 February 2012 where he was impressed by what he saw. A full report is in The Rages Rag Issue 53.

MVA Consultancy attended a recent Reston and Auchencrow Community Council meeting to hear first-hand why the local community needed a rail station at Reston.  A report can be seen in The Rages Rag Issue 55.

The Scottish Borders Council has now submitted a joint bid for funding of Reston Station from the Scottish Government's Station Investment Fund.

Network Rail's ground work for assessing the cost of the new station here is progressing, as Barrie's photograph shows.

Barrie Forrest, our vice chairman, received the BEM in the New Year's honours list of 2017 for services to the community of Reston and Auchencrow.

Progress on the re-opening of the station is exceedingly slow and progress or not can be found in the main campaign story and latest news pages.