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A high-speed rail link, new stations and a port terminal are among the ambitious proposals to make East Lothian a key cross-border destination in the future. The potential to turn the county into a vibrant economic area is outlined in East Lothian Council's response to a UK Government consultation on union connectivity. In its response, the council points to the existing East Coast Main Line, which links the county to Newcastle, as an area which could be enhanced to improve links.
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Prepatory work has begun on Reston Station, much to the delight of Barrie Forrest, chair of the Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES).
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line New Station North British Railway Reston


Reston: A4 60019 Bittern heading north past Reston Junction signal box on 4 November 1967 with an RCTS (West Riding Branch) special from Leeds City to Edinburgh.
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/11/1967


Reston: The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross - Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on an overcast 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Duns branch's cross-country line to St Boswells. The old station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh - Berwick rail service.
John Furnevel 08/03/2010

The two-platform stop will be built in a Borders village which last saw passenger services in 1964.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line New Station North British Railway Reston


Reston: A4 60019 Bittern heading north past Reston Junction signal box on 4 November 1967 with an RCTS (West Riding Branch) special from Leeds City to Edinburgh.
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 04/11/1967


Reston: The 0800 East Coast Kings Cross - Edinburgh service runs north through Reston, Berwickshire, on an overcast 8 March 2010. The train is passing the site of the island platform once shared by down trains on the main line and local services on the Duns branch's cross-country line to St Boswells. The old station house stands alongside the former main entrance in the left background. Reston, which lost its passenger service in 1964, is one of the locations identified as a possibility for reopening as part of a future improved Edinburgh - Berwick rail service.
John Furnevel 08/03/2010

In 1850 the completion of the Royal Border Bridge, linking the two banks of the River Tweed at Berwick, was the final piece of the jigsaw that saw the East Coast Main Line link London with Edinburgh.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line North British Railway Royal Border Bridge

Network Rail Scotlands proposal for a new train station at Reston in the Scottish Borders has taken a major step forward.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line New station North British Railway Reston


Reston: Scene at Reston, Berwickshire, looking south on 14 August 2018. The Virgin East Coast 0800 Kings Cross - Edinburgh has just run through the site of the former station. This is one of the locations on the Edinburgh - Berwick section of the ECML being considered for reopening. Part of Main Street can be seen running through the village on the left.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018


Reston: The 1000 Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley passing Reston on 29 July 1967 behind D9010 King's Own Scottish Borderer.
Dougie Squance (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 29/07/1967

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to East Lothian Council for a new railway station in East Linton.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line East Linton New station North British Railway


East Linton: One of the former stations on the Edinburgh - Berwick route being considered for reopening is East Linton in rural East Lothian, some 20 miles out from Waverley. The station here opened in 1846 as plain Linton, with the name change taking place in 1864. East Linton closed to all traffic in May 1964. The old station buildings are seen here on 14 August 2018, with the LNER 0930 ex-Kings Cross about to run through en route to Edinburgh, where it is scheduled to arrive 16 minutes later.
Andy Furnevel 14/08/2018

The government has announced that it will invest £350 million to make the East Coast main line into Britains first mainline digital rail link by installing state-of-the art electronic signalling designed to cut journey times and slash delays.
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The University of Leeds has signed an outline £10 million co-investment agreement with the companies involved in the power supply upgrade of the East Coast Main Line. The new agreement will enable research into the best and most efficient way of managing the electrical power flow onto the route, which is expected to get busier ...
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A transport chief has warned that the North East is unlikely to have all of the train services it needs due to a lack of investment in a vital regional route.
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A Scottish Power cable has fallen onto the overhead lines which power electric rail services at Scremerston on the East Coast Main Line.
(Permalink) Delay East Coast Main Line Electrification Scottish Power Scremerston

The Man Who Pays His Way: Why squander public cash and burn fossil fuel sending a 100-ton ghost train more than 200 miles?
(Permalink) CrossCountry East Coast Main Line Ghost train LNER

The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network, bolstered by a £216.2m contract award for the Rail Electrification Alliance.
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