Getting Fife businesses on board with rail link

Eugene Clarke, chairman of LMRC, Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader of Fife Council and executive spokesman for economy and planning and Eric Byiers, chief executive of Fife Chamber of Commerce.

Eugene Clarke, chairman of LMRC, Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader of Fife Council and executive spokesman for economy and planning and Eric Byiers, chief executive of Fife Chamber of Commerce.

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Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC), Fife Council and Fife Chamber of Commerce joined together last week to promote the benefits of a potential Leven rail link.

Around 35 delegates attended the meeting, held at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Methil.

Campaign members and Council leaders were there to promote the business and economic benefits of a reinstated line between Thornton and Leven.

Eugene Clarke, chairman of LMRC, and Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader of Fife Council and spokesman for economy and planning, were key speakers at the event, attended by representatives from a range of businesses including Fife College, Fife Group, A1 Minibus and Coach Services Ltd, Business Gateway and Worldwide Cancer Research.

Speaking to delegates, Mr Clarke said: “We need the backing of everyone in the community and every sector in the community.

“This is not a fantasy – we need delivery at ground level and this can be developed.

This is a project not just for Levenmouth, but for Fife. We have to mobilise the local community and the business community so that the collective voice of Fife is heard.

Councillor Lesley Laird

“There’s not much we can do after the STAG (appraisal) report, so we have to make sure we influence the report as much as possible by showing the support we have.”

Cllr Laird added: “This is a project not just for Levenmouth, but for Fife. We have to mobilise the local community and the business community so that the collective voice of Fife is heard.”

Eric Byiers, chief executive of Fife Chamber, said afterwards that, just like identifying solutions to better broadband to improve connectivity for businesses in Fife, campaiging to reinstate the link was another aspect of connecting businesses inFife.

Fife Council leader David Ross was also at the conference: “It is very important that there is a broad range of support from the local community, the Council and the business community across Fife.”

After heeding the advice of fellow rail group RAGES, who spoke at recent monthly meeting , LMRC has launched membership of the group which locals can join and support for just £2 per year (35 for families and £10 for corporate members). If you become a member of LMRC, you will receive a regular newsletter from the group and have the opportunity to have a say in how the group is run. If you would like to become a member of LMRC, you can obtain a form at one of their meetings or at the CLEAR Buckhaven office, or you can email your name, address, postcode, telephone number and email to LMRC@mail.com and the group will send details of how to pay online. The next LMRC public meeting takes place at the FRIC on June 10 at 6.30 p.m.