Planning approval given to development plan of East Linton railway station


East Lothian Council's planning committee has given approval to a proposal for construction of a station in the village of East Linton, Scotland.

The plans for the new station include construction of two new 164m long, 4m wide station platforms, and installation of associated furniture such as waiting shelters, seating and ticket machines; a new footbridge with lift shafts and stairs; 126 car parking space, bus stop with shelter and a drop-off space.

The planning application was submitted to the council in December 2020 after engagement with the community and local campaigners.

This station will provide a connection into Edinburgh Waverley, offering a new link to public transport and allowing residents from the area to access a range of employment, education and leisure opportunities.

Transport Minister Graeme Dey said: “The Scottish Government has committed funding for this scheme which will have real potential to deliver a number of benefits for the local communities, including those who live in the village and commute into Edinburgh, and it will also help towards supporting our green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Scotland’s Railway managing director Alex Hynes said: "We are delighted that East Lothian Council has agreed that this project can progress. It is an exciting development that has the potential to transform the local community it will serve.

“Now that we have clarity on the planning decision, we will move to get onsite as quickly as possible and work with our partners to deliver this new station for our customers and the wider East Linton community."

Although a station opened in East Linton village in 1846, the last passenger services stopped in 1964.



The plans for East Linton will see the construction of a two-platform station on the East Coast mainline. Credit: Network Rail.

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