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


East Linton Gallery

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Where is our Station banner at East Linton.


Postcards being delivered during our 2015 campaign.


Dunbar bound class 380 passing through East Linton.


Keith Brown, MSP and Minister for Transport visiting East Linton in February 2012.


Map of proposed layout of East Linton station.


Stewart Stevenson, MSP and previous Minister for Transport visiting East Linton in August 2008.

Work Continuing for East Linton Station

Our chairman has received the following encouraging news from Sarah Cooper, Project Sponsor, Rail Technical Services of Transport Scotland.

"I can confirm that ground investigation work was completed at Reston and substantially completed at East Linton before the current COVID 19 restrictions were introduced on 23 March. This has allowed Network Rail’s designers to continue progressing with the design of each station.

"Network Rail submitted Environmental Impact Assessment screening documentation to both Councils earlier this year formally starting the planning process for both stations. In response both Councils have advised that both stations do not require to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment.

"Network Rail is currently reporting that the ‘Proposal of Application Notice’ for Reston Station will be submitted by the end of May 2020. Network Rail is developing plans to ensure local communities have the opportunity to provide comments, in line with the revised Scottish Government Guidance on public consultation associated with planning applications which was published on 23 April.

"Preliminary design discussions with both planning departments are scheduled to take place this month."

As with the new platform at Dunbar, our photographer, Tom Dickson, will be visiting the site to record progress as it happens.  His photographs will appear on a new web page dedicated to his photographs: New Station at East Linton

Story at East Linton

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 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 Dunpender Community Council meeting to hear first-hand why the local community needed a rail station at East Linton.  A report can be seen in The Rages Rag Issue 55.

The East Lothian Council has submitted a joint bid for funding of East Linton station from the Scottish Government's Station Investment Fund. 

East Lothian Council has pointed out that the small plan previously showing the proposed East Linton station had vehicle access from the north. Whilst the plan helps to explain the location generally there will not be provision for the north for vehicle drop off or the likes. Full and detailed development of the station by Network Rail will only include access road access to the station from the south.

In July 2015, RAGES put postcards through East Linton letterboxes encouraging residents to send them to the Minister for Transport asking him to ensure that our local service and stations were "Kept on Track".  The photograph opposite shows postcards being delivered.

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.

In February 2019, four banners have been erected by RAGES at East Linton highlighting the need for the station to be re-opened as soon as possible. The photograph shows Tom Thorburn and Allison Cosgrove at one of the banners.

Mr Hamilton of Hamilton Farmers, East Linton, was very helpful in suggesting the best vantage positions on his fences and helped to erect them.

Similar banners have been erected at Reston, the other station which RAGES is campaiging to re-open.

In a member’s debate at the Scottish Parliament at the end of May, Paul Wheelhouse MSP said this in closing the debate.

"On Reston and East Linton, I assure Rachael Hamilton that the commitment made by the Scottish ministers to the delivery of Reston and East Linton stations as early as practicable within control period 6 is unwavering.  Detailed design and timetable analysis is on-going.  Until both are completed, no firm date for construction or opening can be given.  Rachael Hamilton might know that the East Coast Line Capacity Study is due to be published soon; it will inform the construction window that can be used for development of the stations."

In response to the RAGES e-mail of May 2019 to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, the reply came on 27 June 2019 from Mr Lindsay Williamson, Communications and Correspondence Officer, Rail Projects and Technical Services of Transport Scotland:

"I have discussed the status of the planning application with Network Rail who are progressing the detailed design for East Linton Station. Network Rail and Transport Scotland officials have met with officials from East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council separately on several occasions to progress the detailed design for the new stations at East Linton and Reston. The land required for the new rail station at East Linton currently remains under the ownership of East Lothian Council. Negotiations in respect of the land required for Reston Station are progressing.

"Network Rail advise that until the detailed designs for each station are further advanced, a planning application for either station cannot be submitted as these detailed designs are required to support the planning applications."