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Where is our Station banner at Reston.

 

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.

 

Work at Reston Station

Residents have received letters about the proposed station at Reston. There is to be an online public consultation on Monday 7th September between 15:00 and 20:00 hrs. More information can be found at: https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/reston-station

The link https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/reston-station/location takes you to a virtual tour video of Reston station with links to various documents and the planning application.

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 Reston

Meeting

Reston and Auchencrow Community Council organised a meeting with Network Rail to discuss the station at Reston on 23 July 2020. Barrie Forrest BEM, our chairman, also represented RAGES.

The following was discussed.

It is proposed to have the design submitted to Scottish Borders Council Planning for mid-August 2020, with a 16-week consultation period. Presently two studies are awaited before the planning submission, an Ecology Study on Bats and a Flood Risk Study. Once these have been completed Network Rail will submit the planning application.

A proposed completion date for the construction is December 2021, but may go into 2022.

Previous designs for the car park was to have a capacity of 200 cars, but the new design will be in the region of 70 vehicles. However, there is sufficient land being purchased to incorporate the 200 capacity as originally intended should the need arise.

In line with government policy, electric charging points will be installed.

There are no plans to install toilets at the station, as Network Rail see this is as an unmanned station and it is not policy for toilets to be installed.

Ingress and egress points to the station are a major concern as Reston Main Street is linear in design and has historically suffered from traffic flow due to the bottleneck near to the local shop. With the envisaged increase in traffic flow, the proposed station access from the B6438 will exacerbated the traffic problem further.

A proposed roundabout is to be included in the design for access to the station car park which will be near to the existing access road to The Orchard road. This road will be closed off from its existing access point and access to The Orchard will be via a new road running parallel to it.

It was also stated that the underpass was not used as this was not suitable due to safety concerns primarily because of the existing farm vehicle traffic and present pedestrian use.

So two lifts are to be installed, which are to be the first ones of a new design in the UK, at Reston and East Linton stations. They will be more suitable for disabled users.

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.

In January 2019, RAGES erected several banners in Reston highlighting the need for the station to be re-opened as soon as possible.

The banner was paraded through Reston on 28th January and was filmed along with interviews by ITV Borders for their main story that evening on Borders News and Lookaround.

Similar banners have been erected at East Linton, 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."

In May 2020, our chairman 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 2020. 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."