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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.

WATCH: Life of Borders man celebrated in new book

An author has published a book telling the tale of a man from the Scottish Borders who made big waves in South Africa in the 19th Century.

James Logan was one of the most important figures in building the British Empire, but his achievements have widely gone unrecognised.

Born in 1857 in the Scottish Borders village of Reston, he emigrated as a teenager, made his fortune in the diamond trade and played a key role in developing the game of cricket.

Now Dean Allen, the author of a book about his life called 'Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa', has visited Reston to share Logan's story.

Matty Sutton has this report.

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