Path cleared for Borders village to rejoin the rail network
February 8 2021
Scottish Borders Council has handed Network Rail the al-clear to build a new railway station serving the village of Reston on the East Coast Main Line, despite reservations around the absence of a public cafe or toilet.
Designed by IDP Architects the new halt will restore mainline access for the first time since 1964 when the station fell victim to the Beeching axe.
Delivered in concert with Transport Scotland, BAM Nuttall and Arup the new station will include a high-level 'ribbon bridge' clad in Corium brick tile to provide platform to platform access, doubling as a visual marker for the station from the High Street.
IDP wrote: "The concept proposal of the ‘ribbon bridge’, developed by Arup and Knight Architects is one of the new standard footbridge designs for stations promoted by Network Rail.
"The Ribbon bridge design has been developed in response to Network Rail’s desire to improve both the passenger experience and the aesthetic quality of new station footbridges applying Network Rail’s ‘Principles of good design’ in particular inclusivity while developing a clear identity of ‘railway architecture’ that responds to local context and heritage."
This template design will be adapted to provide direct elevator access from a low-level car park positioned below both platforms which rest on an existing embankment.
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