Representatives from Edinburgh and Musselburgh are to meet with the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) next Tuesday 5 November to press the case for improved rail services for Edinburgh and East Lothian.
Gavin Strang MP, East Lothian Council Leader Cllr Norman Murray, and City of Edinburgh Council Executive Member for Transport Cllr Andrew Burns will meet with Chris Austin, Executive Director of the SRA.
Gavin Strang, MP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh said today:
‘Scotland needs new investment in the track and improved rail services.
‘We will be meeting the Strategic Rail Authority to press the case for major enhancements to rail services for people in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
‘Here in East Lothian and Eastern Edinburgh we are especially interested in the new Musselburgh Parkway station promised by one of the bidders for the East Coast Mainline franchise.
‘A Musselburgh Parkway station should be a major benefit for people travelling to and from Edinburgh – including the growing number of commuters.
‘A Parkway station will also be terrific news for people travelling longer distances – to and from the South and Northern Scotland. People who live in Edinburgh’s suburbs and beyond currently have to travel to and from the city centre to use mainline services.
‘The local economy should benefit as there will be better access for business to the East of Edinburgh and East Lothian.
‘A Parkway station will also be good for our environment – it will cut the number of people who need to drive into Edinburgh, relieving congestion in the city. Plus the station will make rail far more attractive for people travelling long-distance, making them more likely to choose rail over road or air.
‘I am delighted to have this opportunity to put the case for a Musselburgh Parkway station to the Strategic Rail Authority.’