£2 million boost for rail campaign

Meeting of LMRC - group member, David Torrance MSP, rail expert David Spaven and Fife Council leader David Ross

Meeting of LMRC - group member, David Torrance MSP, rail expert David Spaven and Fife Council leader David Ross

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The campaign to reinstate the rail link from Thornton to Levenmouth has had a welcome boost in the form of 
£2 million of funding.

Fife Council leader David Ross confirmed that the capital budget money - which was originally ear-marked during the previous campaign for the link - is still available for infrastructure costs .

Although no decisions have been made on how the money will actually be spent -it is thought the whole project could cost between £15-20m - there are hopes that the feasibility study carried out in 2008 could be updated at a cost of several thousand pounds.

Cllr Ross was speaking at a meeting of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) group last week which welcomed rail expert David Spaven.

Mr Spaven was involved in the bid to re-open the Borders link, and said he thought there was a very strong case here in Levenmouth.

Cllr Ross has now requested a meeting with Keith Brown, transport minister, to see how much of an opportunity there is for the reinstatement of the line before any money is spent.

But he added: “If, as we hope, it is an open door, then we will very much be pushing on with this.”

David Torrance MSP was also at the meeting, and added: “I am pleased to see this campaign moving forward and gathering momentum and the enthusiasm generated by the group in their determination to take it forward.”

A spokesman for LMRC said: “We are encouraged by the clear demonstration of both cross-party support behind the campaign to restore rail services to the mothballed line and especially the stated commitment of Fife Council as well as the energy of local activists.”