East Linton Station
East Linton Station
The development of a new, fully accessible, two-platform station on the East Coast Main Line.
We understand that you will have many questions about the proposed new East Linton Station and have tried to answer them below.
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What are you proposing for East Linton?
The proposals are the for the development of a new station for East Linton.
How can we (residents) get involved in the planning process?
We presented the proposals to the local community and other interested stakeholders.
We wanted to hear as many views as possible about the proposals and get a better understanding of how we can deliver a new station that best suits the local community in advance of submitting a planning application.
As with any other planning application submitted to the local authority, submissions and comments regarding the applications will be welcomed by the council.
Network Rail submitted a planning application for the development in December 2020 and it is presently being considered by East Lothian Council and it is open for public review and comment here.
Who will make the final decision on the permission for the new stations?
The application has been submitted to East Lothian Council as part of the standard planning process
Will the station be accessible for all?
Yes. The station will be fully accessible, with lifts and a footbridge enabling step free access to both platforms for persons of reduced mobility, and passengers with pushchairs/ luggage.
How close will the station be to the nearest homes?
The land allocated in the local development plan is being used to build the station. NR has also been allocated land to build the Council car park.
How many parking spaces will there be and are there electric car charging points?
The plan proposes 126 spaces in the car park. Initially 18 of these (approx. 15%) will offer electric-car charging points – however we will make provision for this number to grow in the future as required.
The car park will also offer disabled spaces as well as drop-off point and bus/stop turning circle.
When will the first and last train go through the station?
We are working with Transport Scotland, train operators to provide a timetable which will provide a real alternative to the car. We will communicate that information widely, including the frequency and stopping patterns, when it has been finalised.
How many train carriages will the new station be able to host? How long will the platforms be?
East Linton station will be able to accommodate a 6 car carriage train
What other facilities will be at the stations? (Ticket office, toilet, WIFI, waiting room etc)
There will be waiting shelters, seating, ticket machines, help points and CCTV, cycle parking provision and drop off point.
Will there be any increase in noise when the station is operational?
There will be increased noise during the construction phase, but it will be delivered in full compliance with approved limits and the project is committed to working with the local community throughout this time.
Once operational, the volume of any public address equipment within the station, will be loosely monitored to ensure it maintains appropriate limits.
Does the location for the new station have issues with flooding?
We are aware of these concerns. We will continue to investigate and monitor this and develop our design to ensure it isn’t a barrier to the accessibility of the station.
Where will the footbridge be situated?
We have visualisations to show where it will be situated. It is in the land allocated in the Local Development Plan. The footbridge will showcase the new design for Network Rail’s footbridges and the design will be sympathetic to the area.
What traffic measures are you putting in place within the streets next to the station?
A full traffic assessment has been completed for the roads and it will be submitted as part of the planning application.
East Lothian Council are responsible for the roads on the approach and around the station and they are aware of the concerns of the nearby residents and will continue to monitor the roads to deal with any issues.
Why are we building a footbridge/lifts and not the existing underpass?
The primary driver for a footbridge and lifts is to deliver step-free access across the railway and on to both platforms. While we looked at the underpass as a legitimate option to provide a step-free route across the railway, the distance of the walking-route that this would create (measured from platform to platform) would mean that it would not be compliant with current guidance on how we create accessible and user-friendly stations.
While we appreciate that the lift towers are significant structures, their scale is necessary for a number of reasons. The railway at this location is electrified using overhead wires and sits on an embankment. This leads to the lifts being at three levels; ground – platform – bridge. The footbridge has to sit at a safe height over the electric wires. Consequently, these factors combine to mean that the lifts can appear to be both visible and imposing – but unavoidably so.
In light of this, we design these structures as much as possible to fit with the surrounding environment and use appropriate colours and finishes to minimise their overall impact on the surrounding environment and the sky-line.
Why does the station require two access points? Can you not create one access point from the car park?
The role of the station is to serve the community by enhancing transport networks and improving connectivity. Creating safe walking/cycling routes makes it more likely that people will use these methods to get to the station rather than using the car. Accesses on both sides of the station also better serves the community now and as it grows in the future.
Why are the access paths so wide?
The paths proposed in the plan have been agreed with the local Council and comply with the appropriate dimensions and standards required for this development. They are the required width to enable people to safely cycle and walk to the station.
The proposed project is very close to the school right next to train station – is this an issue?
Safety is our top priority and we take every opportunity open to us to educate people an appropriate behaviour around the railway. The addition of a station with additional vehicle movements to and/from will increase the risk but we will engage with local schools, community groups and partners to highlight the dangers and reinforce the rail safety messages.
How long will it take to build the station?
We are still working with our contractors to develop plans to deliver the work. Typically, projects of this kind can take 12-18 months to deliver but the exact timing of work is subject to when we can agree closures of the railway (possessions) to safely carry out certain elements of the work. When we have the appropriate permissions and consents in place, we will be able to confirm exactly when the work can take place and how long it will take.
When will the station be open to the public?
The development is still subject to planning decisions by the Council and funding approval by Transport Scotland. We would anticipate that the station will be open by March 2024 – the end of our current five-year funding period – at the latest. We will though work with our stakeholders and partners to pull this date forward if possible.