Success at last! Trains by 2023
We want to make our local community a more prosperous, healthier and attractive place to live and work. We believe reinstating the rail line to allow direct trains to/from Edinburgh is a vital requirement for this to happen.
The Scottish Government announced in August 2019 that detailed work would go ahead in preparation for the opening of the Levenmouth line together with improved bus, walking and cycling links for the area. There will be stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge. This is the culmination of our and many other people’s hard work over years to persuade the government of the need to reopen the line. It is expected that when it opens in December 2023 trains to Edinburgh will take 70-75 minutes. See the press release at https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/levenmouth-on-track-for-rail-investment/
The final report on bus and rail alternatives is at https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/46358/detailed-options-appraisal-report-levenmouth-sustainable-transport-study.pdf
Things are now happening on the ground with vegetation having been cleared and site investigation nearing an end. New infrastructure should start appearing early in 2022. Network Rail’s media release including a video is here.
Network Rail’s consultation site is now live at https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/levenmouth-reconnected-raillink/ You can see details of the line, options for stations, FAQs and contact details to ask questions and give your views. Decisions on stations are expected in April. Network Rail thanks “everyone who took the time to contact us to ask questions and to share their views on the proposed station locations for the Levenmouth Rail link. Many people also took up the offer to meet with the project team at our ‘virtual’ community engagement events which were both challenging and informative. And although not ideal, it was great to get the chance to meet and talk to local people about the project. We are hopeful that circumstances in 2021 will allow us to meet in person and give us more opportunities to discuss the project as it evolves and develops. In the meantime, you can continue to ask questions via the online submission form on the web site bit.ly/33P0ssJ or by emailing LevenmouthReconnected@networkrail.co.uk
Network Rail will continue to update via their website and on social media – @NetworkRailScot – as work towards getting #LevenmouthReconnected.
As work has now started on the line it is dangerous to trespass on it as there may be machinery and vehicles working there and there are holes in the ground.
The Scottish Greens have published an interesting Rail for All programme which suggests a Forth tunnel from Kirkcaldy to Leith at a cost of £5bn by the 2030s. This could reduce the time from Levenmouth to Edinburgh to around 40 minutes and have vast economic results for East and Central Fife as well as providing much faster services from the capital to Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness.
Monthly LMRC Meetings have moved online (via Zoom). The next meeting is on Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 18:30 and subsequently the final Tuesday of each month (normally except July and December). Anyone interested is welcome to participate – just send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Railwatch – Fife Celebrates a Rail Victory!
- October 22nd, 2019
Regenerating railways in Fife
- December 9th, 2018
Levenmouth residents identify public transport as the issue most in need of improvement
- September 26th, 2018
Levenmouth needs regeneration, Edinburgh needs to manage rapid growth = a rail solution
- September 23rd, 2018
- February 11th, 2020
- July 18th, 2018