Rail team presenting a strong campaign

Trond Haugen'SEStran adviser
Trond Haugen'SEStran adviser

Projects like the one to re-establish the Levenmouth’s rail connection are part of the strategy among groups dedicated to transport in Scotland, such as SEStran.

The current quest by the LevenMouth Rail campaign to give the area back a rail service which ended over 45 years ago was praised by a speaker at the group’s latest public meeting.

Trond Haugen

Trond Haugen

The gathering in Methil featured guest speaker Trond Haugen, whose career included 20 years with Fife Council as a public transport boss, then transportation manager.

Today, he is a director of the Lindean Partnership Transportation Consultancy, which advises SEStran – the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership.

Mr Haugen spoke of transport developments in SEStran’s area, which covered nearly 30 per cent of Scotland’s population and an area of around 3180 square miles.

SEStran’s aims included promoting sustainable transport – including walking – and, in Fife, there was a strong demand for growth in rail travel.

You have the line, the population base is larger than anywhere else in Scotland, and the transport infrastructure in general here is not that good, so rail would enhance it

It was also well known that Levenmouth was the biggest urban area within SEStran’s boundaries – and possibly in Scotland – not served by a railway network.

Afterwards, Mr Haugen said the LMRC organisers had a “very strong campaign” and he hoped they could take it forward, with SEStran happy to play a part.

“You have so many boxes ticked already,” he added. “You have the line, the population base is larger than anywhere else in Scotland, and the transport infrastructure in general here is not that good, so rail would enhance it.”