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


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.


Committee News

At a recent RAGES committee meeting held on the 18th June 2020 Tom Thorburn was invited to accept the role of Honorary President of RAGES.

We are delighted to report that Tom has accepted this role with immediate effect.

Tom was one of the original founders of Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES) and has been one of the main driving forces for the reopening of Reston and East Linton railway stations and for campaigning for improved local services to North Berwick, Dunbar, Haddington and Berwick Upon Tweed.

Having Tom back on board gives the group access to his wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the railway networks and infrastructure. This will allow RAGES to further enhance their position when engaging with politicians, government agencies and rail operators for further improvements and changes.

Lastly, this year’s AGM will be held in Ayton village hall at 7pm on the 4th November 2020. This of course depends on the COVID-19 pandemic situation at the time.

Network Rail Engineering Works

Network Rail has informed its neighbours that engineering work will be carried out on many nights from 15th August to 20th December 2020 between 21:00 and 07:00 from Longniddry to Dunbar in order to renew railway components and track.

They apologise in advance for the noise that may occur. 

East Coast Trains Ltd

By 2021, FirstGroup will offer a new travel choice for passengers between London, north-east England and Scotland with great value fares and high-quality service:

RAGES representatives were to put the case for this new venture to include stops at Dunbar.

Other News

ScotRail resume their services for Dunbar from 3rd August - see the Dunbar page

They also advise that timetable leaflets and posters in their stations are no longer accurate. Information on services offered by other transport providers - such as bus, tram and ferry links - in our online journey planner may not be accurate. Please check with Traveline Scotland at , or on 0871 200 22 33.

Reston and Auchencrow Community Council organised a meeting with Network Rail to discuss the station at Reston on 23 July 2020 - see the Reston page