Iain Gray MSP has cautiously welcomed a response from the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson on progress towards the delivery of a new rail station at East Linton.
The Cabinet Secretary’s replies to written parliamentary questions from Mr Gray, which he submitted in light of the decision to end the Abellio ScotRail contract three years early, indicated that Network Rail are progressing with the station designs with the intention of submitting a planning application later this year.
This is in line with the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver the station as early as practicable within Transport Scotland’s current rail funding period, which runs from 2019 to 2024.
Alongside the work required for completing the station, the Cabinet Secretary also highlighted that an industry working group is developing plans for the December 2021 East Coast Main Line timetable, including services for East Linton.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Following the government’s decision to cut short Abellio’s ScotRail franchise, I asked parliamentary questions about progress on delivering East Linton’s new rail station in order to ensure the franchise decision will not affect the project.
“Thankfully, while the replies from Mr Matheson have not provided an exact date for the completion of the project, they have offered some reassurance that the project is progressing and the new station should be delivered by 2024 at the latest.
“That is good news for people in East Linton who have been waiting such a long time for this important new infrastructure.
“However, while the progress is welcome, there is still a significant way to go to before it is finalised and benefiting the local community. Given all the delays we have endured, I’m fully committed to maintaining the pressure on Ministers to ensure the station is delivered.”