ONE of the founding members of a group set up to campaign for improved rail services across East Lothian has been named its honorary president.

Tom Thorburn has been a driving force in Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES), which has pushed for the re-opening of East Linton’s railway station, as well as the same at Reston in the Scottish Borders.

The group has also campaigned for improved local services to North Berwick, Dunbar, Haddington and Berwick.

A spokesman was delighted to see Mr Thorburn, who lives in the Borders, take the position.

He said: “Having Tom back on board gives the group access to his wealth of knowledge and experience regarding the railway networks and infrastructure.

“This will allow RAGES to further enhance their position when engaging with politicians, Government agencies and rail operators for further improvements and changes.”

The group plans to hold its AGM in Ayton Village Hall on November 4.