Rail campaign continues to gather steam

MSP David Torrance with supporters of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) group
MSP David Torrance with supporters of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) group

Supporters of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) welcomed local MSP Daivd Torrance to their meeting on Thursday.

The politician has been a long time supporter of revitilising the rail link for many years, and recently met with transport minister Keith Brown to discuss the plans.

Following the meeting, Mr Torrance has issued a letter to Steve Grimmond, chief executive of Fife Council.

Writing on behalf of the campaign group, he asks Mr Grimmond to confirm whether or not the link between Leven and Thornton is at the top of Fife Council’s transport priorities and whether or not 
£2 million which was earmarked by the previous administration from capital funds to help improve Levenmouth’s rail infrastructure is still available.

He has also asked Mr Grimmond if Fife Council would be willing to fund an update of the SEStran Regional Transport Strategy feasibility study conducted in 2008.

Mr Torrance said: “I am keen to hear what kind of commitment Fife Council is able to make to residents of the Levenmouth area which proves that the reinstatement of this rail link is one of their top transport priorities.”

As well as hearing about Mr Torrance’s meeting with transport minister Keith Brown, supporters also discussed the next steps in the campaign and a steering group has now been put in place. Although initial discussions show a willingness to consider the case for inclusion in Control Period 6 (2019-2024), it was agreed the immediate practical next step is to seek to update the Feasibility Study conducted in 2008. The campaign has also noted real interest from key players such as SESTran, to include the link in discussions with Transport Scotland.