Martin Whitfield MSP has visited the site of the new East Linton railway station to receive an update on progress towards the project’s completion.

The South Scotland MSP was shown around the construction site and briefed on some of its key elements by Network Rail and BAM Nuttall representatives.

Work on the construction of the new station began in 2020 following years of campaigning and lobbying by local group RAGES, other village residents and local politicians, including former county MSP Iain Gray.

East Lothian Council has made a substantial funding commitment of £3.5 million to the project, which will cost a total of about £15 million and is expected to be completed early next year.

It is estimated that once opened the rail services running through East Linton will be used by 350 passengers per day, equivalent to 125,000 passengers per year.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

 “I appreciate the Network rail and BAM representatives taking time out to update me on this important local infrastructure project. It has been a long time in the pipeline, but the new station is looking fantastic. When it opens it will enhance local connectivity by providing residents with access to sustainable rail services between Edinburgh and London.

“I took the opportunity of the visit to highlight some concerns that have been raised with me, particularly around the proximity of the local school to the station. However, I’m reassured that Network Rail have considered this and will be engaging with the school about rail safety as part of their plans for the station.

“Overall, this is a project of which local people can be proud and I look forward to seeing the new station open and all the new benefits and opportunities it will bring for East Linton and its residents.”

Claire Bhugowandeen, sponsor, Network Rail, said:

“It was great to welcome Martin Whitfield MSP to site and show him the progress being made at the new fully accessible East Linton station.  Once completed, this station will deliver local access to East Coast Mainline services.”