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First meeting of rail campaign group

The first meeting to reinstate the rail link between Thornton and Leven takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 26 2014)

The first meeting to reinstate the rail link between Thornton and Leven takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 26 2014)

A newly-formed campaign group is staging its first meeting tonight (Wednesday) in the latest quest to reinstate a rail link for Levenmouth.

Members of LevenMouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) are gathering at 7.00 p.m. at the Regeneration Office, 36 College Street, Buckhaven.

The community-based crusade is seeking public support for the venture, with Levenmouth being Scotland’s biggest urban area unserved by direct rail connections.

“Although the four-mile track linking Thornton and, thus the east coast mainline, to Leven is intact and of high standard, it has been mothballed since passenger services ended following Beeching cuts in 1966 and coal transport to Methil Power Station in 2001,” explained the group.

“Feasibility studies on reopening conducted in 2008 provided a strong case for their reinstatement.”

There was also valid evidence for freight traffic to serve Diageo, Fife Energy Park and Methil Docks, as well as opencast mining, added LMRC, relieving pressure on currently poor road connections.

“Other areas with a weaker case for rail reinstatement already have strong community support but public pressure has been lacking for the Levenmouth rail link,” added LMRC.

“The changing political scenario may offer opportunities for new transport investment but it is vital that the community mobilises behind the argument.”

LMRC was initiated by concerned residents, but hopes more will get involved, and anyone interested in advancing the cause are welcome along. .

More information is available on (01592) 713078.

 

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