Council reaffirms rail commitment

Cllr Lesley Laird with LMRC group members Allen Armstrong (Secretary), Eugene Clarke (Chairman) and Ross Bennett (Treasurer)
Cllr Lesley Laird with LMRC group members Allen Armstrong (Secretary), Eugene Clarke (Chairman) and Ross Bennett (Treasurer)
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The deputy leader of Fife Council has met with supporters of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) to reaffirm the local authority’s commitment to the project.

Speaking at the group’s monthly open meeting last Wednesday, Councillor Lesley Laird, who is also executive spokesman for economy and planning, made it clear the Council was right behind the scheme and urged the campaigners to work even harder to make the case for the reinstated link.

Cllr Lesley Laird with LMRC group members Allen Armstrong (Secretary), Eugene Clarke (Chairman) and Ross Bennett (Treasurer)

Cllr Lesley Laird with LMRC group members Allen Armstrong (Secretary), Eugene Clarke (Chairman) and Ross Bennett (Treasurer)

Cllr Laird said it was clear the campaign to bring passenger rail back to Leven was “near and dear” to all at the meeting and to the community in general, and laid out the clear aims of the project alongside the aims of Fife Council, specifically in terms of economy and acessibility.

Cllr Laird explained: “Fife Council is committed to this project. Re-opening the Levenmouth Rail Link is vital for improving the local economy in the area.

“Levenmouth has so much to offer residents, businesses and tourists. There is no doubt, improving its transportation links would open up the potential of the area and its people to do even more.”

Together with the Levenmouth Rail Campaign, Fife Council has produced a leaflet which explains the many benefits of a rail link to the area, what action it is currently taking, and what people can do to show their support.

Allen Armstrong, secretary of LMRC, said: “There’s a great opportunity emerging now for the Leven rail-link to be the next main rail re-connection in Scotland after the success of Airdrie-Bathgate, Stirling-Alloa and soon the Borders lines.

“We appreciate Fife Council’s backing on this key issue for Levenmouth, including helping produce this leaflet.

“The Feasibility Study will be ready by June 2015 but the strong economic case it will make needs to be bolstered by stronger local support and pressure.

“If local people want to catch the train from Leven after a gap of 45 years it’s up to them to show their support to national decision-makers by signing the petition, getting busy on social media and pestering their elected representatives.”

Cllr Laird continued: “Working with Transport Scotland, South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), LMRC and the local community, Fife Council is making the case for the Levenmouth Rail Link.

“I urge anyone who agrees the rail link should be re-instated to please show your support by signing the online petition at www.lmrc-action.org.uk .”

For more information about re-instating the rail link please contact Levenmouth Rail Campaign by email at LMRC@mail.com or go to their website www.lmrc-action.org.uk.