Works at East Linton scheduled to begin Monday 18 March

Works for the construction of a replacement bridge and new diversionary road at Markle Steading in replacement of the existing Markle Level Crossing at East Linton will begin on Monday 18th March 2024, with a 10-month construction programme planned.

These new works will see the removal of the existing Markle Level Crossing and its replacement with a road overbridge. Markle Level Crossing is one of only two remaining road-rail interfaces on the East Coast Main Line Scotland. The crossing closure will remove the risk that the crossing presents to everyone and the national rail network. The new road bridge and removal of the crossing will also benefit pedestrians and road traffic as there won’t be delays due to the level crossing barriers being down when trains are approaching.

East Lothian Council Leader, Norman Hampshire, said: “Scottish Government funding has enabled an integrated major infrastructure project with the opening of the new station at East Linton and these new works at Markle Steading which will greatly improve both access and road safety.

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank the many individuals and organisations who have lobbied over the years for a station to re-open in East Linton and the realisation of this major infrastructure project thanks to successful partnership working of Transport Scotland, Network Rail and East Lothian Council.”

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2024