A KEY commuter train service from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh could be reinstated after ScotRail scrapped the service at the end of last year.
The 7.54 a.m. service between the Lang Toun and Edinburgh - which stopped at Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour, and Dalgety Bay - was axed in December and it was merged into an existing service, the 7.20 a.m. from Dundee.
The move angered commuters travelling from the intermediate stops along the coast as it meant they would have to catch an earlier train or one which arrives in the capital just minutes before 9.00 a.m.
The reduction in the number of carrriages also meant overcrowding on trains.
Local politicians had expressed their disappointment over the withdrawal, and Scotland’s Transport Minister, Keith Brown stepped in to ensure a prompt resolution.
This week he said he was pleased to announce “a likely solution to this problem” with a revised timetable proposed by ScotRail to address commuters concerns.
The proposals - which would see the current 7.20 a.m Dundee to Edinburgh service leave 10 minutes earlier -are currently with regional transport partnerships and local authorities between Aberdeen and Fife for consultation.
ScotRail will then report its findings to Transport Scotland to make the final decision, but it is hoped the new timetable can be in place in the summer.
The news has been welcomed locally.
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “Due to pressure from the Scottish Government the train has now been put back on to ensure commuters will be able to get to their places of work by 9.00 a.m.
“The decison will reverse the disruption to the lives of many people and I want to thank everyone, particularly constituents, who put pressure on ScotRail to reverse this ridiculous decision.
“We in the government should be looking to encourage more people to use public transport in an effort to lower our carbon footprint and this decison to put back on the 7.54 a.m will help us to do that.”
Claire Baker, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said: “This service should never have been removed in the first place. I would really like to see the train back in service before the summer - I know the distress this cancellation has caused.
“As a regular train user I know firsthand the effect of its removal, and I welcome the change of heart by ScotRail after a great campaign from across Fife.”
Jerry Farquharson, director of business planning at ScotRail, said: “By making these changes, south Fife commuters would be able to get to their work in the capital by 9.00 a.m.”