East Lothian Council

Minister hears views on rail plans

Published Monday 5th March 12

East Linton Visit 2012

Keith Brown MSP, the Minister for Transport, came to East Lothian on a fact-finding visit to discuss reinstating the station at East Linton.

Keith Brown MSP, the Minister for Transport, came to East Lothian on a fact-finding visit last week to discuss reinstating the station at East Linton and generally improving local train services between the county and Edinburgh.

He was welcomed by Council Leader Paul McLennan and local MSP Iain Gray supported by members of the RAGES Committee (Rail Action Group, East of Scotland) and representatives from SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership) and Borders Council who are pressing for the restoration of rail infrastructure at Reston and Eyemouth.

Councillor McLennan said:

The Minister is enthusiastic about improving rail transport in East Lothian and the Borders and he listened closely to our case of how better services would revitalise the local area both economically and socially. We also showed him where a restored station would be situated in East Linton. The Minister stated that the current Scotrail Franchise Consultation will report in late summer and I hope to see mention of a new station and services for East Linton.

At the moment SEStran is undertaking a study which will augment last year’s local rail study by seeking additional input from local community councils and from VisitScotland on the impact on tourism of improved rail provision.

The photo shows in the foreground from left to right Councillor Paul McLennan, Iain Gray MSP, Keith Brown MSP, Minister of Transport, Councillor Jim Fullarton, Scottish Borders Council, and Councillor Jacquie Bell, East Lothian Council together with representatives from SEStrans and RAGES in the background.  

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