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Funding agreed for East Linton and Reston stations

The railway line passing through Reston. Credit: ITV Border

Funding has been agreed to re-open railway stations at the town of East Linton, and the village of Reston in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils have agreed to support plans outlined by the Scottish Government, which would see both local authorities increase their contributions to the project.

Scottish Borders Council will pay £2.84m for Reston Station, while East Lothian will put £3.44m towards East Linton Station.

The scheme would see the return of the local rail service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed, and it's hoped the stations could be operational by 2021.

Following design work undertaken by Network Rail, current cost estimates are £10.63m for a new station at Reston and £11.13m for a new station at East Linton.



Repair plan set for Settle to Carlisle rail landslide

The track was damaged by a landslip. Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has set out a plan to repair a 500,000 tonne landslip which has forced the closure of part of the Settle to Carlisle railway.

A new structure will be built underneath the railway to support the line and earthworks will also be used to stabilise the embankment.

"We have carefully considered many repair options and we are satisfied the one we're going with is the best.

"Our aim is to do a thorough job that leaves the Settle to Carlisle railway line in better shape than it was before this land slip. As well as tackling this problem we intend to bring forward other, less major jobs we have earmarked on the shut section of line.

"We are acutely mindful of the impact on communities served by this line, including businesses reliant on tourist trade. We are working to fix this slip as quickly as possible."

– Rhiannon Price, Network Rail

Appleby landslip closes Settle to Carlisle line

Credit: Network Rail

The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.

Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.

A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.

Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."

– Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail

Watch: the history of the Borders Railway

As we near the opening of the new Borders Railway, our reporter Matthew Taylor has been looking back at the history of the Waverley Line, which closed amid fierce protests in 1969.

Watch his full report:

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