Spotlight on Eskbank
Eskbank station is ideally located to access some fantastic local amenities. It sits at a junction of the A7 and the A6094, and will have the largest car park of all the Midlothian stations. It also lies on National Cycle Route NCR1/196, and provides an excellent link to bus services. The new bus stop, only 200m from the station, will be accessed by a new path constructed as part of the railway works. Approximately 20 buses will leave the bus stop every hour at peak times.
Immediately adjacent to the station is Edinburgh College (formerly the Jewel &Esk Valley College). The college is one of the most advanced technology teaching centres in Scotland and forms part of a group of campuses including Milton Road (beside Brunstane Station) and Sighthill (beside Edinburgh Park Station). The Midlothian Community Hospital is a new development, located around 600m from the station, which provides 88 beds for frail and elderly patients along with a day hospital. The hospital has a direct footpath link to the station which will benefit staff and visitors alike.
The Orchard Café, within the Mayshade Garden Centre situated close by the Community Hospital, was recently voted the best place for lunch and the best place for a coffee at the 2013 Midlothian Food & Drink awards.
Constructing the station will involve extensive civil engineering work, some major earthworks, and a new bridge. The latter will replace an old masonry arch bridge, which had been in-filled following the closure of the original Waverley Route. The project team are working closely with local people, and organisations such as Sustrans, to ensure that disruption to the existing cycle and footpath path network is minimised.