Thursday 10 Feb 2022
Construction starts on East Linton station
- Region & Route:
- Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Work is now underway to build the new East Linton station.
Following successful completion of preparatory work on the site, engineers building the new £15m station are about to begin piling to create the foundations for the new station platforms.
It is the first phase of construction activity which will culminate in a station opening in the East Lothian village for the first time in more than half a century.
The project will see the creation of a two-platform station on the East Coast mainline, with 125 car parking spaces. The station itself will be fully accessible with lifts and a footbridge connecting both platforms with access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Planned to be complete in 2023, the new station will offer a connection into Edinburgh Waverley for those commuting into the capital. It will support economic growth by providing a new public transport link and enabling residents from the area to access an expanded range of employment and leisure options.
It is hoped that the construction of the new station, and the improved connectivity it will bring, will act as a trigger for more investment and further development in the community.
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said:
“I’m pleased that work is now starting to re-open the station at East Linton. This project demonstrates our ambition to expand Scotland’s Railway and our commitment to deliver all the benefits that new transport hubs bring to communities and to our Net Zero ambitions.
“As well as improving connectivity to the capital, the new station is a gateway for local people which will open-up greener end-to-end journeys for work, education and leisure.
“It is an exciting development that has the potential to transform life for local people and the communities the station will serve.”
Scotland’s Railway managing director Alex Hynes said: Scotland’s Railway has a great record of opening new stations and new transport hubs help drive further investment in communities and create new economic opportunities for the people they serve.
“We will work as quickly as possible to deliver this new station and open up Scotland’s Railway to more passengers in the east of the country.”
A station opened in the village of East Linton in 1846 but the last passenger services stopped in 1964.
Anyone with any questions about the project can email EastLintonstation@networkrail.co.uk or call the community helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
Notes to Editors
The plans for the new station at East Linton propose;
- Two new 158m long, 4m wide station platforms and associated furniture
(waiting shelters, seating and ticket machines).
- A new footbridge will cross the railway, incorporating lift shafts and stairs on
- Lighting columns throughout the site and associated infrastructure/ equipment
- Car park, bus stop with shelter and a drop-off space.
The car park would provide an initial 125 parking spaces including blue badge priority parking and 18 electric-vehicle charging points. We will build in capacity to add further electric vehicle charging points when required.
Cycle storage facilities will be provided.
It is anticipated that the station at East Linton will open to passenger service in 2023.
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