Campaigners vow to keep up fight for rail link

Some of the supporters of the Rail Campaign
Some of the supporters of the Rail Campaign

A group campaigning to bring a rail link back to Levenmmouth is stepping up its efforts ahead of a key report being completed.

LevenMouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) has employed the efforts of national transport lobbying body Transform Scotland to help spread its message across the country.

It’s important that all of the bodies involved in the decision-making know what we are doing

It comes just weeks before the finalisation of the STAG appraisal report which will decide whether or not reinstating the Thornton-Leven line is a viable project.

Eugene Clarke, chairman of LMRC, said: “We know that re-opening the line is complex and a lot of different bodies are involved. Some of them, such as Fife Council, we have good contact with, but others less so.

“That’s why it will be so good to have someone who can speak to them in a way that we might not have been able to.”

The group is keen to spread its campaign message as far as it can to give the best possible chance of the Levenmouth rail link appearing on Transport Scotland’s priority list for 2019.

Mr Clarke explained that one of the reasons the campaign failed in 2008 was because, despite support from the appraisal report, Transport Scotland viewed the line as of more local significance rather than national.

“It is a complicated matter,” said Eugene, “so it’s important that all of the bodies involved in the decision-making know what we are doing.”

The appointment of Transform Scotland – the national alliance for sustainable transport – comes ahead of an open meeting with James Ledgerwood, head of economic development at new ScotRail operator Abellio.

He will be speaking at the group’s monthly meeting next Wednesday at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre.

“We’re very happy that he is coming to speak, and it will be very helpful in making sure that more and more people know what we are about and what we are trying to achieve,” said Eugene.