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

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Aims of RAGES

To improve the rail service between Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick upon Tweed.

To have East Linton and Haddington stations re-opened for active use.

To monitor the level of service to Reston and North Berwick.  

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.

 

Reston Station - Officially Opened

On 28th July 2022 the station was officially opened with speeches at the station and the ribbon cut by the Minister for Transport, Ms Jenny Gilruth, MSP.

Reston Station - Opened

Reston station had its first services on Monday 23rd May 2022.

Many people took the opportunity to take the train to Reston, including some of our committee who organised themselves to be on the first trains southbound and northbound!

The two platforms at Reston are served by cross border operators: TransPennine Express and LNER.

There is now a new page with a small selection of the many photographs taken on Monday.  This can be seen at this link.

Timetables showing trains stopping at Reston have been sourced from the Network Rail Enquiry web site for the week beginning 23rd May 2022 and can be seen at this link.

Whilst all effort has been put in place to ensure the correct timings, readers are advise to check for themselves if intending to travel.

 

East Linton Station - Progress

The first platform has now been put in position with the site crane.  Station construction here is different from Reston.  "Top hats" which are placed on top of some of the pilings with the steel platform sections being bolted to them.

See photographs at: New Station at East Linton

 

ScotRail Trains Back in Public Ownership

The transfer of the ScotRail franchise into the public sector took place on Friday 1 April 2022.

Their web site says:

"All customers should be assured that train services are continuing to run, tickets and season tickets remain valid, and all purchases can be made in the usual way.

"ScotRail Trains Limited is owned by the Scottish Government and overseen by Scottish Rail Holdings Limited (SRH Ltd). This publicly-owned company now operates rail services in Scotland and will continue to be known as ‘ScotRail’.

"The trains and stations will continue to be branded ScotRail. The only change will be to remove the name of the current franchise operator, ‘Abellio’ where it occurs on signage, websites and printed materials."

 

Haddington Farmers Market

RAGES now have a stall at the monthly Haddington Farmers Market with an aim to raise the profile of the campaign for the re-instatement of a station in Haddington.