Fife commuter service to the Capital to be restored

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A vital commuter train service which was withdrawn looks likely to be re-instated.

The 0754 train service from Kirkcaldy to Edinburgh which served Kinghorn, Burntisland, Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and Inverkeithing was cancelled in late December, but after a hard fought campaign the MSPs, they said they have received news the service would be restored by July.

Local MSPs Helen Eadie and Claire Baker welcomed news that the commuter link in Fife will be restored this summer.

Claire Baker MSP said: “This service should never have been removed in the first place and I would really like to see the train back in service before the summer as I know the distress this cancellation has caused.

“As a regular train user I know firsthand the effect of the removal of this service and I welcome the change of heart by Scotrail after a great campaign from across Fife.”

Helen Eadie MSP said: “I am disappointed that the service will not be resumed immediately but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Transport Scotland, however, stated that the service is not definitely going to be reinstated and that it was currently in a consultation process with councils and transport partnership groups.

Transport Minister Keith Brown has welcomed a revised timetable proposed by ScotRail to address the concerns of passengers using the South Fife coastal route.

Commuters had asked the train company to introduce an earlier service allowing the Dundee-Edinburgh train to get workers into the capital in time for a 9am start, as the previous 0754 service did.

Mr Brown said; “I am pleased to be able to announce that we have reached a likely solution to this problem.

“We in the Scottish Government are doing all we can to encourage more people to use the train with all the benefits that entails – less congestion on the roads, a reduction in carbon emissions and increased job and investment opportunities.

“It is hugely important for us to see that everything is done to ensure the train is a practical and attractive option for people.

“I look forward to seeing this new timetable introduced and more people using the train on the South Fife coastal route.”

ScotRail has now passed the proposals to regional transport partnerships and local authorities between Aberdeen and Fife for their views. This consultation section closes on March 16.

Following this, ScotRail will report its findings to Transport Scotland to make a final decision.