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 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.

 

East Linton News 

A public meeting was held by Network Rail on 10th February 2021 to discuss the new station at East Linton and subsequently Tom Thorburn, our President, has submitted a comment on Network Rail's planning application to the East Lothian Council.  Full details of these can be seen at this link to the East Linton page.

Planning Approved

On 1st February 2021 members of the Scottish Borders Council's planning and building standards committee have approved the planning application for the new station at Reston.

Preliminary site works have already started, but this will allow the building to proceed.

Our Chairman, Barrie Forrest BEM, says: "RAGES are delighted that planning has been approved for Reston Station, opening again after 56 years since its closure."

Barrie also thanks our members for their continued support, as well as the many local councillors and politicians that have been involved in our campaign since our inauguration in 1999.

RAGES hopes that the station will be opened by the end of 2021.

Interview on Borders TV

On 3rd February 2021 Barrie was interviewed for the Borders TV News.

The report can be seen at around 19 minutes into the video at https://www.itv.com/news/border/2021-01-28/representing-border-28012021

Petition in Support of a Re-opened Haddington Station

Martin Whitfield, the East Lothian Labour candidate has organised a petition to re-open the station at Haddington.  More information about this can be found at our Haddington page.

Proposed Stations at Reston and East Linton

Network Rail had submitted planning applications for two new railway stations - Reston and East Linton.

The application at Reston is for a two-platform station, an initial 70 car parking spaces with sufficient land purchased for a further 40, a new access road, fully accessible lifts and a platform connecting footbridge.

Meanwhile the proposal in East Linton is from a two-platform station that can accommodate six carriage trains, with step-free access via a footbridge with lifts and parking for 126 cars.

More information about what the new stations will look like can be seen at our Reston and East Linton pages respectively.