LMRC urged to persist with hard work

Ross Bennett, Melanie Ward, Paul Tetlaw and John Webster (Transform Scotland) and Cllr Jim Young

Ross Bennett, Melanie Ward, Paul Tetlaw and John Webster (Transform Scotland) and Cllr Jim Young

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‘Persistence pays off’. That was the message from Paul Tetlaw of Transform Scotland to the Levenmouth Rail Campaign at its latest open meeting.

In his presentation, ‘Reversing the Beeching Legacy - A Winning Formula for Levenmouth’, Mr Tetlaw advised the group to continue with its hard work, and to engage with politicians at every level across every party, as well as local residents and businesses which might be able to assist with the campaign.

Approaching the new Scotrail franchise group, Abellio, as soon as possible was also vital.

He said: “Personally I think this is a great line to re-open. It’s an easy one really - 40 per cent of the Borders line re-opening cost was buying back land - this would be peanuts really.”

Mr Tetlaw also revealed to the group that rail insiders have highlighted Levenmouth as an ideal location for a new rail depot following the electrification of the Perth line.

Allen Armstrong who helped to set up the campaign, said: “The presentation was really interesting and such a vital imput to our campaign.

“We are really grateful that he took the time to come here and it was really a fascinating insight.”