Station re-opening backed by residents

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SUPPORT for the re-opening of Newburgh’s rail halt is ‘overwhelming’ according to the results of a recent survey of local residents.

The survey, carried out by the Sustainable Newburgh project, said more than four out of five (84 percent) of those who responded to the survey stated that they supported the re-opening of the railway station.

Asked if they would use the rail station if it were re-opened, again more than four out of five (82 percent) said they would or might.

The Sustainable Newburgh project has spent the last few months surveying the 2500 people who live in and around Newburgh to find out what they think are the most suitable options for adapting the area to a low carbon future.

The full results of the survey will be published in the coming weeks, and will be used to create a community ‘wish list’ of future carbon cutting measures and improvements for the town that could be paid for by the income stream from a proposed community-owned windfarm.

OVERWHELMING

Joanna Walker, survey manager in the Sustainable Newburgh team, said: “The initial results of our survey show overwhelming support from the local community for the re-opening of Newburgh rail station.

“If the station were to be re-opened, it could play a huge part in changing the way that people travel to and from Newburgh and help our project in its aim to reduce our collective carbon footprint and make Newburgh an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, who is also chair of Newburgh Community Trust, said: “We have undertaken some initial work on the potential re-opening of Newburgh rail station.

“That has revealed it could be possible, but there is much work still to be done before it can become a reality.”

The findings of the survey were welcomed by North East Fife MSP, Iain Smith who said the re-opening of the station would also be a boon to business opportunities in the area.

Newburgh railway station closed to passengers in 1955, but the railway through the town is still used by 35 passenger trains a day linking Edinburgh with Perth.