One of TPE's Nova 1 trains travelling between Newcastle and Edinburgh credit Tony Miles (2)

Excitement and bookings reach new heights ahead of Reston Station opening

  • Reston Station in the Scottish Borders is set to re-open on Monday 23 May
  • The 6.16am TransPennine Express (TPE) service from Edinburgh will be the first passenger train to stop at  Reston in more than 50 years
  • Since December’s timetable change, more than 117,000 customers have taken advantage of the TPE’s Edinburgh to Newcastle stopping service, which has connected communities across in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland

Excitement and bookings have reached new heights in the final week before the new Reston Station opens with more than 17,000 reservations for future travel on the Newcastle to Edinburgh TransPennine Express (TPE) stopping service already in place.

On Monday 23 May, the 6.16am TPE service from Edinburgh will stop at Reston Station, the first passenger service to arrive in the village in more than 50 years, a landmark moment for local surrounding community.

Excitement amongst locals in Reston is evident with hundreds of bookings already in place to travel from the station on TPE services.

To celebrate the opening and the connecting of communities in Scotland and Northumberland TPE is also introducing special introductory fares from as little as £2.70 for travel between May 23 and August 22 2022.

Matthew Golton, Managing Director at TransPennine Express, said: “We are honoured that our 6.16am service from Edinburgh will be the first service to stop at Reston Station in more than 50 years and we’re delighted that this service, introduced in December, has boosted connectivity across communities in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.

“It’s fantastic to see that hundreds of customers have already bought advanced tickets to travel from Reston Station and we can’t wait to welcome them on-board so they can experience travelling on our modern Nova trains.

“To mark this landmark re-opening of Reston Station, we’ve introduced special introductory fares that are available to buy through the TPE website. We hope customers take advantage of these fantastic offers and enjoy travelling on these services.”

The new services operate in each direction seven times per day between Edinburgh – Berwick-upon-Tweed (calling at Dunbar and, as from Monday, Reston) and five times per day between Edinburgh - Newcastle (calling at Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, Morpeth and as of Monday, Reston, with limited calls at Cramlington).

Passenger volumes of these services grew by 50 per cent in the past four months on these services as customers take advantage of the new connectivity. In addition, the latest figures show customers are continuing to return to rail, with passenger numbers now at 79 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

Customers looking to take advantage of the introductory offer can visit to find out more.

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