As the Community council recieves updates we will publish here.
History in the making, today was the day that a train stopped for passengers at Reston railway station.
It was an honour to be a part of that journey, albeit only to Berwick-Upon -Tweed, popped in for a Costa coffee and then returned on the LNER train to Reston.
What was special today was the unveling of a permanent mark of respect to Barrie Forrest B.E.M. in the naming of the new road that accesses the Railway station, to be named after him. A Lasting legacy.
See pictures and video below.
Barrie unveiling the New road sign, thinking the road was to be called mart road. A secret kept hidden for neaarly six months, with Great support from Joe and Ashley Bam Nuttall and the rest of the team.
Today 20/05/2022 Network Rail released the video and pictures to the media.
Below we see an impression of the completed station.
On Monday 23rd May 2022, train operators will begin to call at the new £20m Reston station for the first time.
The first passenger service since 1964 – the 05.29 TransPennine Express (TPE) from Edinburgh Waverly - will call at Reston at 06.16 and is sure to be greeted with enthusiasm by the local community and rail interest groups.
The first north bound service – the 06.22 LNER service from Newcastle (07.15 at Berwick) will call at Reston Platform 2 at 07.26.
Later that morning, the Transport Minister, Jenny Gilruth will be greeted by children from the Primary school (and a piper) as she arrives at Reston. Ms. Gilruth will then join the School party as the children board the 10.22 north bound service for their first train trip from their new station.
For all the EV car owners out there, here you will see the type of charger installed at the station, with 14 chargers available in total, 2 fitted at the disabled parking bays.
Here we have some more footage taken today the 14 th May. Landscaping now in progress, with trees and hedges to be planted as well as wooden fencing all round. Starting to look like a completed railway station.
Below is the latest pictures and videos, taken on the 29/04/2022.
You can see work is complete on the road layout both inside the railway station and at the entrance.
Here we can see the completed pavement, so wide we can have a street party on it!
Here is the latest drone pictures and a couple of videos, from our man in the sky Doug, he has returned from his little break.
Below is a picture that I have enlarged and marked up, as this highlights the EVC's Electric vehicle charging points. You will see there is a total of 6 double chargers making a total of 12 points, not as per Scottish Government announcement,even with the possible extension to a 207 vehicle car park will there be 20 points, the maximum as per the planning permission is 14. I do wish these people would get their facts right before making information public.
Work starts this week on the pavement alongside the roundabout.
Please see important update below as date announced for the trains to be stopping.
Please also see latest drone footage taken on the 09/04/2022 showing work progressing well.
OPENING DATE FOR RESTON STATION
RAGES is pleased to report that Reston's new Railway Station will open to services on Monday 23rd May 2022. The old one closed 58 years ago in 1964, as part of the Beeching closures. The two platforms at Reston will be served by cross border operators, including TransPennine Express and LNER.
The progress of the station construction is being well documented in photographs on our web site at https://www.rages.org.uk/NewStationAtReston.html
Transport Scotland's web site has the following article.
The new fully accessible station at Reston on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) in Berwickshire is a £20 million investment by the Scottish Government to improve access to rail services in the Scottish Borders. It will allow connectivity options to local public transport services, active travel provision and 70 park and ride car parking spaces, including over 20 electric vehicle charging stations.
Construction on the two-platform station commenced early 2021 and despite the challenges of a complex construction project in a global pandemic the station has made excellent progress and is nearing completion. On opening, Reston Station will be served by cross border operators including TransPennine Express and LNER services.
The eagerly anticipated new station will deliver a step-change in terms of public transport accessibility for East Berwickshire communities. It will transform connectivity to Scotland’s Railway bringing it within closer reach of the principal economic centres of Edinburgh and Newcastle. The station opening will also mark the reversal of the closure of the previous Reston Station 58 years earlier in 1964, as part of the Beeching closures.
Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Transport, said:
"This government has invested record levels to improve connectivity and since 2009, we have reconnected 14 communities to the rail network. Communities in and around Reston will undoubtedly look forward to the benefits that will be delivered by the return of rail services for the first time in more than half a century.
"Efficient and effective rail services, which encourage people to choose to travel locally and further afield by train, for work, training, education, leisure and social activities, are vital to Scotland’s future.
"Reston Station will help towards the transformation of the local economy, deliver on our Net Zero ambitions and create a fairer, greener Scotland."
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway, said:
"The opening of Reston Station for services is another fantastic achievement for Scotland’s Railway. This £20million investment delivers a fully accessible station reconnecting Reston and the surrounding communities to the rail network. It provides local people with greater choice to travel by train and use public transport as we seek to make Scotland a greener place to live and work."
Matthew Golton, Managing Director at TransPennine Express said:
"It’s fantastic to be able to serve the people of Reston, and the surrounding area, with our direct services between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
"Our customers – and their communities – are at the heart of everything we do and we’re delighted to be able to connect so many of those communities by rail for the first time in more than 50 years.
"We’re incredibly proud of our role as a key partner in bringing rail services back to Reston and look forward to welcoming our new customers on board at the end of May."
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said:
"We’re proud to be introducing our revolutionary Azuma services at Reston as it becomes the newest destination along our iconic 956-mile East Coast route. The arrival of our services will transform travel for residents and generate further economic opportunities for the area, with our world-class services making business and leisure travel simpler, smarter and greener.
"Our Azuma trains offer customers greater comfort and space, keeping people connected with free onboard WiFi and sockets at every seat. Our superb at-seat catering offers in both Standard and First Class further enhance our customer experience."
Network Rail has managed the design and construction of the project which delivers step free access with a pedestrian footbridge with lifts connecting the platform. Following its opening, Reston Station will be managed by ScotRail.
A car park with 70 spaces, over 20 of which have electric charging facilities, and 11 cycle spaces will make it even easier to take public transport. The car park has the capacity to be expanded in the future as demand requires.
RAGES Membership Secretary
Video showing parking bays, bus shelter and Cycle stand.
Final parking bay awaiting completion.
Disabled bays nearing completion.
Here you can see the Bus shelter fully assembled.
In this latest update taken on the 25th March, a close up of the monobloc being laid.
A general scan of the site to show the difference a week makes.
In this video you can see the layout of the car park and the location of the bike stand.
This video shows the progression on the car bays and the lift towers.
Here is two videos taken on the 17th March by the Drone man's apprentice.
The layout of the road is now more prominent with the path almost completed too.
Lots of work going on here, shelters and bike stands now being erected.
Below is a close up of the car park bays being laid.
Beautiful sunny day on the 07/03/2022 The apprentice Drone man was out and about to capture work progressing well. The road layout seen from the skies.
On this video you can see the road layout becoming more apparent with tarmac being layed, as well as the cladding being fitted to one of the towers.
01/03/2022. As it was such a beautiful day what better than a video to be taken.
Here we see the cladding being affixed to the sides of the lift towers.
Here you will see the latest on the car park, progressing well.
Just a quick one as it was a nice day an aerial picture showing the beautiful landscape in the background. Taken on the 11/02/2022
These pictures taken the other day 04/02/2022. (by the apprentice) Here you can see the car park outline taking shape as well as the bridge tower sections with lifts, looking impressive.
The latest Drone footage taken by the man in the skies apprentice on the 19th January.
Here we see the layout of the access road and the formation of the car park.
On this film we see the platform and towers nearing completion.
Below is some excellent Drone footage and pictures from 'our man in the sky' Doug, here we get to see a birds eye view of the work to date, taken on the 1st of January.
Doug took these when there was no workmen on site during their festive break.
Footage shows how water logged the site is after all the rain we've had.
The lift towers looking good, with some glass panels fitted to the walkway (I wonder how they would have coped with the hurricane winds?)
You can also see the New roadway taking effect, with the one way system marked out. Also the New roundabout marked out awaiting more resurffacing work before repainting.
Below is some excellent drone footage, taken by our man in the sky Doug.
Here you will see the New walkway and link bridge to the platforms still undergoing work.
Also a TransPennine train carrying out driving training, by stopping at the platform, thankfully nobody got out, as there's no stairs yet.
Below is the latest Drone footage by our man in the skies Doug. Here you can see the lift towers in place and the bridge over the line. This was taken on the 10th October, not long after the heavy rainfall.
Please see video footage from Network Rail of the bridge being fixed into position.
The work was carried out by contractor Bam Nuttall, during an extended closure of the line with teams working around the clock during a 54-hour window, to allow the bridge sections to be craned in safely over the weekend (September 25-26). Six sections, making up the main framework of the steel bridge and lift-towers, were successfully positioned beside and above the East Coast Mainline. The largest section, the main bridge span was 16 metres long and 6.5m metres and weighed more than 28 tonnes
Received today 16/09/21
Some drone footage from 4th September
Additional Edinburgh - Newcastle services from December 2021 timetable
TransPennine Express has been working closely with a range of stakeholder and industry partners regarding the services we operate on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). We are pleased to advise that Transport Scotland and Rail North Partnership have signed an agreement which will see us operate five services per day between Edinburgh – Newcastle from the December 2021 timetable change.
These trains will serve new to rail markets in the Scottish Borders and provide inter-Northumberland connectivity as well as linking these areas directly between each other and to Edinburgh and Newcastle. Services will be operated by our five carriage Nova 1 trains.
From December 2021, we will operate five trains per day in both directions serving (in most cases):
Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar, Reston (once opened), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, Widdrington, Morpeth, Cramlington and Newcastle
Calls at Widdrington and Cramlington are subject to completion of industry procedures for operational and safety requirements, meaning these calls might be introduced after the start of the December 2021 timetable
In addition, at the May 2022 timetable change TransPennine Express will introduce two additional services per day operating between Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar, Reston and Berwick-upon-Tweed. All seven of these services will call at Reston in both directions once that station has opened, and we can also confirm that these services will also call at East Linton once that station has opened.
An advisory timetable for these services at December 2021 (Monday to Friday) is below although exact timings are subject to confirmation by Network Rail through routine industry timetable development procedures. Please note that where * is shown this call cannot yet be made due to a lack of capacity:
We are delighted to be able to provide these services to Transport Scotland, Rail North Partnership and the customers from the communities on this route who will experience new and enhanced connectivity as a result. We will continue to work with customers, communities, stakeholders and industry partners to consider any further service options available for this route.
Tickets for these services will be on sale by 17 September 2021 and we look forward to welcoming the first customers on board at the December 2021 timetable change. If you have any queries regarding these new services, please let us know.
Head of Regional Development
Below is some impressive video's showing an aerial view of the work ongoing on the new platforms. The videos below were taken at the beginning of August and show some big changes in the platforms.
Below is the latest Drone pictures, taken on the 4th July. Impressive work going on here, the platforms are taking shape. Thanks to Doug our Drone man.
Are conducting a consultation on the New timetable for Reston station for trains stopping in May 2022.
Please go to the consultation ( shortcut below) and fill in the short consultation.
It is important to get as many views as possible as this will be the proposed timetable for sometime. ( The consultation closes on the 5th August ).
Here you can see the latest Drone footage taken on the 01/06/21.
You can see how much work has been done by Bam Nuttall in the last few weeks, with new stantions in place awaiting the platforms to be lifted on to them, hence the large crane.
Many thanks to our drone enthusiast for these great quailty videos, giving a different perspective of the station.
Picture taken on the 18th May showing the large crane for lifting the concrete platforms into place.
Below is some Drone footage taken last week, make sure you keep an eye out for the New platforms going in this week coming. Taken 04/05/21.
Weekly update on the Railway staion as work progresses 28/04/21
Main points to note are as follows;
A small amount of embankment widening continues.
Noise from the site is extremely low.
The original soil/ash removed from the embankment widening operations is starting to be removed from the site.
Overhead line gantry installation has begun.
There seems to be less earth mounds on site and the area closest to the south side platform is certainly flatter. This flat area is partly in preparation for the heavy crane that will be coming to site to lift the prefabricated concrete platform support sections.
Stanchion erection continues in the area where the station platforms are to be erected.
Installation of the foundations for the prefabricated concrete platform support sections continues as seen with the rebar sections being completed and the steel shuttering being erected.
The installation/placement of the prefabricated concrete platform support sections is to start on 15/05/2021.
Many thanks for Tom Dickson of RAGES for these pictures.
The latest Drone footage focussing on the south side embankment, showing the extent of the work on the otherside. Taken on the 17th April.
Here is a couple short videos, taken by our local Drone enthusiast on the 1st April.
The south embankment – work is progressing with increasing the width of the embankment by using large amounts of stones.
Some updates, pictures from T.Dickson RAGES, many thanks for these.
Relocation of the railway overhead line support stanchions - the base receptacles (large black tubes) that are now clearly visible and are now ready to receive the new stanchions. Moving the stanchions further away form the railway line is necessary to accommodate new platforms. This work will commence this weekend (nights). See below letter.
Here we can see the widening of the embankment for the platforms.
See the Latest communication from Network Rail below.
Railway Neighbour 25th March 2021 Ref: ECM8 46M 700yds
Dear Neighbour Reston Station construction is underway Further to our letter back in February, I am wiring to update you on the progress of work so far and what to expect from the next phase of activity as we work to build your new station. We have now successfully completed preparatory work ahead of constructing the new station at Reston. It included creating a site access road and compound for the vehicles associated with these works.
Primarily though it involved diverting the existing water main and we are grateful to our colleagues at Scottish Water for their support with this. Moving the water main has allowed us to carry out earthworks which puts us in a position where we can now begin work on the new station platforms. From now until the end of June will be a busy time with an increase in the number of lorries and construction vehicles moving to and from site and active on the site itself.
Due to COVID 19, there will continue to be more vehicles than would normally be expected to ensure we comply with safety and social distancing measures. The main work tasks up until the end of June will include; Widening both embankments to build the new platforms Starting construction of the platforms - which will involve piling Installation of drainage for the new access road Starting installation of overhead line equipment - which will involve piling Installation of new signalling equipment. Piling is among the noisiest activities we do on the railway and unfortunately, the piling we are doing to install overhead line equipment has to be at night for safety reasons. For the station platform piling, this will be done where possible during daytime. We will, where appropriate use the less disruptive piling methods but some hammer piling is unavoidable.
Throughout the piling work we will do what we can to minimise the impact of noise and vibration on the surrounding properties. While much of the work will be carried out during dayshift, Monday to Sunday between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00.
However, with the start of the main station construction, Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Registered Office: Network Rail, 2nd Floor, One Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN Registered in England and Wales No. 2904587 www.networkrail.co.uk OFFICIAL we will also be working at night Sunday to Thursday between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00 (Saturday 22.00 - 09.00).
As you can see, the work is moving to seven days per week and six nights per week – which is a reflection of our desire to now progress the project as quickly as possible.
We appreciate this is intense and will potentially be disruptive for those closest to the work site. We are grateful for your patience while we carry out this work.
PLEASE NOTE: Access for rail plant will be from the official rail access point at Reston Old Station.
Various types of machinery will be used throughout the project. This will include excavators, rail plant, articulated dump trucks, rollers. And there will be an increase in the number of vehicles moving to and from the site. We understand that working near your property, particularly at night is not ideal and we require those working on site to do so with consideration for the local community. And while we know the equipment and vehicles we use means that some noise is unavoidable, we will do all we can to minimise this. I hope our work doesn’t disturb you, but if you have any questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our 24-hr helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Village water mains supply diversion has been completed
Work continues on building up the railway embankments with large stones
Large lorry activity – the site receives 40 lorry deliveries per day, mostly quarried stone.
Station car park – commencement of installation of site drains
Each of the large type dumper truck is carrying 12 tonnes of stone
The bothy at the site of the old station currently has restricted access due to nesting of bats in the building
Picture taken yesterday the 16th March. Here you can see the other side of the railway where platform 2 will be constructed.
Here is picture from height taken on the 9th March 2021. A different view point on work progressing.
Below is some pictures taken recently, the one directly below is a web capture taken by our local Drone enthusiast, we hope to have video footage very soon, showing both North and South sides, platforms 1 & 2.
An Aerial picture taken at the beginning of February showing good work in progress. Here you can see the contractors compound being created (green cabins).
Work started at the beginning of January and has been Full steam ahead!
Bam Nuttall arrived on site and quickly set up camp. The first part of the journey was to create a car park for the workers followed by numerous tons of top soil removal. Already the embankment steps are in position, taking the workers to the top. A good liaison has been established by the workforce and local residents, One comment I received from the workforce was "people here are very friendly, Ive been offered cups of tea". The workman was on duty to escort vehicles to and from site.
The old Mart entrance.
Top soil removal in progress, soon that train will be stopping here!
RESTON STATION PLANNING APPLICATION
Just an update, the open show case event went well with quite a few people attending, comments were noted from all and were part of the submission compiled by the community council, this was sent to SBC planning department on Sunday 15th November, it can be viewed here.
On the 01 October the planning application for the New Reston railway station was submitted to Scottish Borders Council planning portal.
You can view and comment on the planning application here- on the application reference box, type in the application number- 20/01133/FUL then select search.
The community council hopes to have available the full application to present to the public,
at present due to Covid-19 restrictions this is proving difficult, once we can provide a safe method incorporating all the latest guidelines, we will make the public aware.
Today 27/08/2020 residents of Reston village and surrounding villages should have received a letter outlining Network Rail's proposal for their planning application. In the letter is details of the planning application and details of a newly created website for the station, this can be accessed here.
Have look at the visualisation on the Location & Site Access page, this is an interpretation of what the station might look like.
Thursday 23/07/20-An online meeting was held today with questions asked which have been raised by the local communities. See below for synopsis of the meeting.
Reston Station Network Rail
Present Derek Christie (Network Rail), Allan Brooking (Community Liaison Manager), Nicola Slaven (Planning Officer Network Rail) Barrie Forrest (Chairman R.A.G.E.S. & Reston and Auchencrow community council) Logan Inglis (Secretary Reston and Auchencrow community council).
Below is a list of questions raised at the meeting from Barrie and Logan to the other members.
Proposed timeline-due to the present conditions it cannot be ‘hard & Fast’ but it is proposed to have the design submitted to scottish Borders Council planning for mid-August 2020, with a 16-week consultation period. Presently two studies are awaited before the planning submission, an Ecology study on Bats and a Flood risk study. Once these have been completed Network Rail will submit the planning application.
It is hoped to have a website created in this time where details of the planning application can be viewed and commented on. Once present conditions allow further public engagement will be carried out.
A proposed completion date for the construction is December 2021 all going well but may go into 2022.
Car park i.e. size capacity, discussion on the size of the car park, this was mentioned as previous designs were of a car park to take a capacity of 200 cars, presently the design is siting a capacity of circa 70. The new design will be in the region of 70 vehicles but there is sufficient land being purchased to incorporate the 200 capacity as originally intended should the need arise.
Electric charging points: this was raised and inline with government policy, electric charging points will be installed.
Toilet facilities: there is no plans to install toilets at the station, this would need to be taken up via Scottish Borders Council, as they see this is, as an unmanned station, this is not policy for toilets to be installed.
Ingress and egress points to the station, major concern: The question was raised with a view to a site meeting to best explain and demonstrate the ongoing problem within the village of traffic flow, Reston main street is linear in design and has historically suffered from traffic flow due to the ‘Bottleneck’ near to the local shop, with an increase in ‘On Street’ parking. With envisaged increase in traffic flow, the proposed station access from the B6438 will exacerbated the traffic problem further. A proposed roundabout is to be included to the design for access to the station car park, this will be near to the existing access road to ‘The Orchard’ road, ‘The Orchard’ road will be closed off from its existing access point and access to ‘The Orchard’ will be via a new road running parallel to it.
Further questions were raised as to why the railway ‘Underpass’ was not used in the design, the ‘Underpass’ was not used as this was not suitable for safety concerns primarily because of the existing farm vehicle traffic and present pedestrian use.
Two lifts are to be installed, these are to be the first ones in the UK of this design, to be installed at Reston and East Linton stations. To be more suitable for disabled users.
Friday 28/02/2020- Allan Brooking from Network Rail attended the Reston café, Allan is the Community liaison officer for Reston station. Today he listened to local residents views and suggestions on Reston station. Some of the community council members took Allan around Reston showing the layout of the area.
Some of the concerns raised today were highlighted to Allan, one point raised was the 'car park' the screening request sates the car park to have spaces for 70 cars, in previous documents, this was believed to be in the region of 140 spaces- ample room for expansion. We do not want to see a problem created by lack of parking as already experienced in both Berwick and Dunbar, while we have the room, lets use it.
Another point was Not to use 'The Orchard' road as an access/egress route, this is to preserve neighbour privacy and congestion problems.
Alternate routes were discussed with access/egress routes via the B6437 road (Chirnside road) and the old Mart entrance.
The installation of Electric vehicle charging points in the car park.
All these points were raised today and Allan is to feedback to Network Rail.
Allan commented on the friendly and welcoming people of Reston- a credit to the residents.
Today (25th Feb ) we learned of a planning submission to Scottish Borders Council planning page.
Network Rail has requested a 'Screening Opinion', requesting the views of the council planning department pertaining to Reston station.
Below is the documents submitted by Network Rail.
You can also view these and any future documents via the shortcut here. Type in 20/00215/SCR in the application box.
Received today 31/01/20
Network Rail intend to submit their planning application in late Spring 2020 for Reston and winter 2020 for East Linton but in advance of this are already collating the information to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening, as the first stage in the planning application process.
I’ll be able to provide you with a construction date for each of the stations once the designs for the stations are further advanced. However, Markle level crossing needs to be upgraded before East Linton station can open. These works are currently scheduled for 2022.
Network Rail are progressing with a communications plan for both stations following the appointment of their community representative. I’ve asked Network Rail to consider the optimum way to keep both residents and RAGES informed of progress including face to face meetings. Is it ok if I pass your contact details onto the Network Rail team to liaise over possible dates?
Ground investigation works at both Reston and East Linton are due to start next week.
Rail Technical Services
T: 0141 272 7490
Update January 2020
Network Rail, with their designer, are progressing with the designs for both stations. A holistic approach is being taken to the design of the station ensuring that the end to end journey undertaken by passengers is considered and reflected in the design. This includes consideration of the appropriate means of access for passengers. Network Rail have asked their designer to identify as a priority whether ramped access to the platforms would be compliant with industry standards and negotiable for individuals with reduced mobility, using a common sense approach. Transport Scotland has asked Network Rail to consider the use of lifts as part of this work.
Network Rail intend to submit their planning application in late Spring 2020 but in advance of this are already collating the information to undertake an Environmental Impact Assememnt (EIA), as the first stage in the planning application process.
Network Rail’s contractor will provide a dedicated communications representative for the two new stations and community liaison will begin in earnest in early spring. Project information will be shared, and feedback sought through community/ public events. The project will also take the opportunity to visit nearby primary schools and inform pupils of the planning and work involved in building a new station in their community. STEM ambassadors will engage with pupils to teach youngsters all about the railway and the importance of STEM subjects which are needed for the next generation of railway workers. If you know of any community/public events where it would be useful for project representatives to attend as the project progresses and more information is available, do let me know.
Transport Scotland is engaging with the East Coast Event Steering Group (ECESG) to identify opportunities to provide an acceptable timetable for potential passengers while understanding the potential service conflicts, franchise commitments and operator aspirations. Commercial discussions have commenced with the train operating companies regarding providing this timetable for the stations.
Network Rail’s contractor BAM Ritchies are expected to be visiting Reston and East Linton tomorrow with a view to assessing the sites, before firming up their site investigation/ ground investigation price.