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

Progress with East Linton Station

The Scotland’s Railway website provides the public with information on the East Linton station project as it progresses and can be seen at: https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/east-linton-station where there is a video of what the station will look like.

Also see more in our Latest News page.

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

Public Meeting

The Network Rail team behind the proposed station development at East Linton attended a public meeting on 10 February 2021 to discuss the project and answer questions from members of the community.

Held online and organised by Councillor Paul McLennan, the meeting provided a platform for more than 30 people to raise any concerns and get a response directly from the team proposing the development.

The discussion was wide ranging with questions being raised covering; vehicle access to the station, access paths, proximity of primary school, the station footbridge/lifts and car parking. There were also questions on all aspects of the construction work required to deliver the project and when the work will be completed and the station open to the public.

Network Rail's summary of the meeting can be seen at the following link:  Public meeting is platform to share information on station development (networkrailmediacentre.co.uk) 

Comment on the East Linton Station Planning Application

Following on from the public meeting, Tom Thorburn, our President, has submitted on behalf of RAGES the following comment to East Lothian Council in respect of the application to erect the station at East Linton.


RAGES Response to East Linton Station Planning Application

Rail Action Group, East of Scotland (RAGES), wish to complement Network Rail’s Application ‘20/01423/P | Erection of railway station platforms, waiting shelters, bicycle shelters, footbridge, lifts, car parking and associated works | Railway Line And Land West Of East Linton Primary School East Linton East Lothian'.

RAGES met with the MP/MSP for East Lothian at the time, John Home Robertson, in the late 1990s to have the station site at East Linton protected in readiness for a future new station being constructed to serve the village and its district, as there were plans to develop the area. Campaigning by the committee of successive Transport Ministers, MSPs, Councillors and East Lothian Council officials has successfully concluded in this Station being funded and this planning application being lodged.

It is incumbent on each and every one of us to protect our beautiful world by being responsible in our everyday actions to alleviate as much as possible the use of non-green carbon emitting sources.

This application will therefore give the people of East Linton and district the ability to reduce their carbon footprint and do their bit to protect our planet for future generations and move to the safest form of transport. In addition, the trains that will serve this station will be electric rather than diesel, thereby contributing towards the Council's policy of reducing their carbon footprint.

Not only will this station allow for modal switch from car to train but it will cater for students accessing tertiary education, access to work and entertainment in Edinburgh and beyond can be achieved, and importantly the tourist can access this beautiful part of Scotland by train.

Having reviewed the content of the application, the RAGES committee are very pleased to note that it is not just a basic set of platforms and a car park being proposed. The station is fully compliant with regard to disabled access with the use of lifts to access both platforms. The designer/s of this station have had foresight to have 19 electric car charging parking spaces, and much thought has gone into the landscape by providing trees and shrubs around the station and its car park.

Tom Thorburn
President
Rail Action Group, East of Scotland (RAGES)
19.02.2021

 

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.

Open meetings have been held in East Linton to promote our aims for the station to be re-opened.

The first was on 28 May 1999 with around 50 people present. The report on the meeting can be found in The Rages Rag Issue 2.

The second meeting was held on 28 June 2001 when around 85 people attended. Issue 10 of The Rages Rag gives a report.

On 5 August 2008 there was a site visit by Stewart Stevenson MSP (Minister for Transport) on his tour of East Lothian and Berwickshire. A full report can be seen in The Rages Rag Issue 39.

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."