to re-open Portobello Station
Capital Rail Action Group
Members of the Capital Rail Action Group are
campaigning for a new station at Portobello, where services on the North
Berwick and Edinburgh Crossrail lines would stop. The journey to
Waverley Station would take about five minutes.
station at Portobello closed following publication of the Beeching Report
in 1963. All that remains now is the Station Master's house at
the foot of Station Brae..
motion put forward by local councillor Maureen Child, the City of
Edinburgh council is preparing a report to go before their transport and
environment committee at the end of July. **
Edinburgh Evening News: June 23, 2009, P.19
information about this report, please see 'Reply
The Site of the Old Station
Thank you to John Wilson for sending me two recent
photos of Station Brae, one showing the Station Master's House. The
house was at the foot of the brae; the station was at the top of the
Southfield Place and Station House
at the foot of Station Brae
Looking up Station Brae towards
the site of the old Portobello Station
Thank you to John Wilson who wrote, commenting
that this article has now become out of date.
Acknowledgement: John Wilson,
Slateford, Edinburgh: May 7, 2012
Yes, I think this page would probably benefit
from being updated. So far as I know, there are currently no plans
for a station anywhere at Portobello.
I currently have a large volume of current and
recent news about Edinburgh transport, including many comments on the
trams, waiting to be added to the EdinPhoto web site, but in view of the
number of emails currently arriving, I don't think there is much prospect
of adding the transport info to the web site in the near future.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: May 8, 2012
Thank you to David King for giving me more
background information about the proposal, five years ago, to build a new
station at Portobello.
A New Portobello Station?
Portobello Station closed there were four tracks at that point, only two
of which were served by the island platform – the other two were ‘fast’
lines for trains that did not stop there, mainly longer-distance services.
These resolved themselves into two double tracks (East Coast route and
Waverley route / Suburban) at Portobello East Junction, underneath the
Hope Lane footbridge.
The junction was controlled by a signal box
that, unusually, spanned the tracks. The four tracks were reduced to two
when the line was re-aligned, about 1970 or so, I think, to remove the
sharp curve that formerly took it round Portobello Marshalling Yard – it
previously ran close to the fence behind the golf clubhouse. This allowed
the easing of a speed restriction.
I think the possibility of providing a new
Portobello station was looked at when the line to Brunstane and
Newcraighall was re-opened to passengers but there was a ‘capacity issue’,
i.e. having trains stopping there meant that they would be on that section
of track for longer, and therefore fewer trains than were timetabled could
Building a new station would mean at least one
new track, and probably require
the fairly recently built wheel lathe to be re-located. So I think
the cost ruled out a station."
David King, Trinity, Edinburgh: May
Thank you to John Wilson for sending me a copy of
the Report on a Rail Station at Portobello, prepared in July 2009 by
Edinburgh Council’s Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
The Report referred to previous studies that had
considered re-opening Portobello station. They were:
- a study in
1998, during development of the Crossrail project, which had concluded
that Portobello station could not realistically be built as part of that
project, as it would incur significant capital cost, had low patronage and
presented operational challenges on the
East Coast Main Line
- a study by Atkins, which considered the
Edinburgh South Suburban Railway to passengers. Atkins noted that a
station at Portobello would entail disruption to Craigentinny Depot (with
sizeable remodelling costs), and that pedestrian access to the platforms
(particularly DDA compliance) would be expensive. Atkins observed the
station would be around 250m from Portobello High Street, and not suitable
for Park and Ride.
The Report of July 2009 concluded that to
comprehensively review the case for re-opening Portobello station,
significant resources would need to be devoted to carrying out an updated
feasibility study with costings. It did not recommend that such a
review should be carried out.
Thank you to John Wilson, Slateford, Edinburgh
for sending me a copy of this report on May 16, 2012