Works are now going ahead to start the construction on the new East Linton Station. This will be the first time in over 50 years that the village will see trains call at the station. The first station in the village of East Linton opened in 1846 but train services were stopped in 1964.
The new station will provide a connection for passengers into Edinburgh Waverley, help to support economic growth and allow residents from the village to access more employment, education, and leisure opportunities.
Initial works will mean setting up various access roads and an on-site compound so that construction teams can support the on-going site development. Then marking out, levelling, and clearing the area will be started.
Works on the station-proper at East Linton will begin early in 2022 and rail customers will start to see the construction of a two-platform station with 126 car parking spaces, lifts and a footbridge which will connect both platforms.
PJ Trainor, Network Rail’s project manager for the East Linton station development said: “The start of preparatory work ahead of the construction of the new station in East Linton
“Getting on site and literally clearing the ground for the new development is a significant step-forward for the project and one which brings us closer to the construction activity and ultimately the re-opening of the station itself and all the opportunities it will bring to the village.
“And while it is exciting to look forward to delivering the station, the construction itself represents a challenge for the project team and one which we are fully aware will cause disruption and inconvenience for the community in the short-term.
“Our commitment is to do what we can to minimise disruption throughout the work and fully engage with the local community to let them know what is happening, when and what it will involve in terms of potential inconvenience.
For passengers wanting further updates to the construction then go to https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/site-set-up-underway-east-linton-station-development