Work has started on the construction of Reston station, in the Scottish Borders.
Following the successful completion of preparatory work, primarily diverting an existing water main, BAM Nuttall’s team has now started work to create the embankments for the new station platforms – the first phase of construction that will see a station open in the Borders village of Reston for the first time in more than half a century.
Plans for Reston’s new station include two platforms on the East Coast main line, along with a 70-space car park and a new access road. The station itself will be fully accessible, with lifts and a footbridge connecting the two platforms.
BAM Nuttall operations manager Jerry Dickson said: “We’re delighted to be underway in creating another brand-new station for Scotland’s Railway.
“BAM has a proud history in delivering new rail infrastructure in the Scottish Borders and we’re looking forward to helping even more of the region to access rail transport.”
The first phase of the work, which will run until the end of June, will see the creation of embankments to support the new platforms, drainage built on the new access road and pilling to support the installation of new signalling and overhead line equipment.
Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, added: “It is great to see work on Reston station getting underway, as we are committed to working alongside the Scottish Government to open up our railway to as many communities as possible across Scotland.
“This station will create new social and economic opportunities for people in Reston and the surrounding communities and we will work hard to deliver the new facility for the area as quickly as possible.
“It is an exciting development that has the potential to transform life for local people and the communities it will serve.”