Reston planning application submitted

Network Rail Scotland’s proposal for a new train station at Reston in the Scottish Borders has taken a major step forward.

An application for the new station has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council’s planning team for consideration.

The application is for a two-platform station, an initial 70 car parking spaces with sufficient land purchased for a further 40, a new access road, fully accessible lifts and a platform connecting footbridge.

Local residents, and other interested parties, recently had the opportunity to speak directly with the station project team, on a specially developed online consultation platform, ensuring that social distancing requirements didn’t hamper their opportunity to learn more about the project.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said: “The Scottish Government is committed to improving the economic well-being of communities, encouraging the choice of sustainable transport and providing good quality employment opportunities across Scotland as we plan for our post-Covid recovery. That is why we have committed funding for this scheme which has real potential to deliver a number of benefits for the communities it would serve.

“I welcome the submission of this planning application which acts as a key milestone in the delivery process and enables us to progress our aspirations for the new station to the next stage.”

Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said: “We are working hard to improve rail links for communities across Scotland and this station will help open up opportunities for new passengers on our network.

“The local community has been campaigning for a new train station at Reston for many years and we are pleased that we have been able to work with local and central government to develop plans for this new facility.

“We now look forward to hearing people’s thoughts on the proposals and working with them to make this new station a reality.”

Source: Network Rail

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