CONCERNS that the reopening of East Linton railway station could be delayed have been rejected by Transport Scotland.

Work started on the multi-million-pound station in 2020 and the first services are expected to call in March next year.

The closure of the level crossing at nearby Markle has also been approved.

Campaign group RAGES (Rail Action Group, East of Scotland) had voiced concerns the station was not on track to open by its deadline.

A spokesperson for the group said: “RAGES have been told that the station will enter service by March 2024, this entry into service date being to coincide with the Markle level crossing replacement project.”

It is anticipated the work on the closure of the level crossing could take 10 months.

The RAGES spokesperson added: “RAGES has expressed their concern that this work could delay the entry into service of East Linton railway station.

“Transport Scotland have stated that they are considering various options for Markle to mitigate any delays for the East Linton station becoming operational.”

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland confirmed the station was “on target” to open in March next year.

The village’s railway station closed its doors in 1964.

The new station is predicted to welcome an estimated 350 passengers per day, equivalent to 125,000 passengers each year.