New East Linton railway station ready to open

Tuesday December 5th 2023

East Linton station platforms

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has authorised into service the new East Linton railway station ahead of its expected opening on 13th December.

ORR has worked alongside Network Rail throughout the project to ensure that the station meets expected standards for passengers.

The new station is on the East Coast Main Line with connections to Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar, Newcastle and more.

Many of the £15 million East Linton station’s elements – including its two platforms, lifts, footbridge, and things we may take for granted like lighting and other electricals, have been verified by ORR to ensure they are safe to enter into service and offer a good experience to passengers. This has enabled a quick authorisation ahead of the station’s opening.

ORR authorises new railway stations like East Linton as part of its duty to authorise new, major, upgraded or renewed infrastructure and rolling stock, ensuring they are safe for passengers.

Steve Fletcher, Deputy Director of Engineering and Asset Management at ORR, said:

This new railway station is a really significant upgrade for the local community and we have been working closely with the team at Network Rail to ensure the station is completed safely and to the standard passengers deserve.

ORR plays a vital role in enforcing common rules and standards on the nation’s railway infrastructure. We’re pleased to have played our part in the opening of this station.

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