Rail connection feasibility study approved

LevenMouth Rail Campaign
LevenMouth Rail Campaign

Positive talks with Transport Minister Keith Brown on the Thornton-Leven rail link have helped green-light a crucial feasibility study for the project.

The latest meeting of the LevenMouth Rail Campaign, heard an update on progress from Dr Bob McLellan, Fife Council director of transport, and Jane Findlay, of Sustainable Transport.

A meeting will be held shortly with the Rail Division of Transport Scotland fortnight to determine if a completely fresh study and report is needed, or whether a report from 2008 could be updated.

“The STAG (Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance) Report is the key document for assessing the likely viability of the project and vital in being considered for Scottish Government investment,” said LMRC secretary Allen Armstrong.

A new study might require up to £100,000 while an update might be achieved for £30-40,000. However, campaigners were told Fife Council could draw on the £2m set aside in its capital budget for this purpose.

A formal report is due to be submitted to the Council’s executive committee in November.

Transport officials indicated the timetable involved to complete the studies would require three to six months.