As the Community council recieves updates we will publish here.
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
Picture of proposed works and access points.
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.