Newburgh station campaign gathers steam

Andrew Arbuckle

Andrew Arbuckle

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at re-opening Newburgh’s railway station is gathering steam.

A lobby group has now been established to press for the re-instatement of the halt, which closed over 50 years ago.

The campaign was launched as a result of a survey carried out in the Newburgh area by Sustainable Newburgh, which was set up by Newburgh Community Trust and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

One of the top priorities to emerge was a wish to see a railway station re-open in the town.

The Sustainable Newburgh project commissioned transport expert David Spaven from Deltrix Transport Consultancy to assess the feasibility of the plan and he provided a positive report.

Now the group intends to seek support from the community council in neighbouring Abernethy and will submit its proposals to TAYplan, the body charged with formulating a blueprint for the future of Dundee, Perth, Angus and north Fife.

Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, chair of Newburgh Community Trust, explained that the Newburgh Railway Campaign Group had been set up following a public meeting attended by more than 50 people.

“There is a great deal of local support for this as people living in and around Newburgh who wish to travel by rail currently have to go to Cupar or Ladybank,” he said.

“We now intend to focus on raising the profile of the campaign and will have a stand at Newburgh Highland Games tomorrow (Saturday) if anyone would like to find out more about the project.”