Track team reaches milestone

Allison Cosgrove and Eugene Clarke
Allison Cosgrove and Eugene Clarke
  • Campaign praised
  • Professional outlook
  • Political support

The campaign to restore Levenmouth’s rail connection had enjoyed strong support in its first year from politicians of various parties.

And supporters would be continuing to rely just as strongly on the political vote once the eagerly-awaited STAG (Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance) report, into the feasiblity of creating another public transport option for Levenmouth and the East Neuk, was known.

You have a very professional approach.

Allison Cosgrove

Members of the LevenMouth Rail Campaign were reminded at their first ever annual general meeting in Methil last week that MSPs would be looking for causes to support between now and the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.

The campaigners are seeking to resurrect the Thornton to Leven rail link for the biggest urban area in Scotland – by a vast margin – still unsupported by direct rail services.

They were congratulated on the political backing and their “very professional approach” by the AGM’s guest, Allison Cosgrove – who travelled to and from the meeting, where possible, by train.

She is the chairman of the Scottish branch of Railfutures Scotland, which lobbies independently for better passenger and freight networks.

She said the group contained “ordinary folk who are interested in railways”.

Ms Cosgrove had virtually no knowledge of tracks, rails, steam trains or engines, but strong interest in good facilities for passengers, safety in car parks for those walking to and from trains – especially women and children – and ease for taking buggies and wheelchairs on trains. A “safe and comfortable journey” was the main thing, she added.

Re-elected LMRC chairman Eugene Clarke said there had been a huge effort from many in the community to push the campaign to its current location, but the momentum had to be kept up.

Politically, he added, it was “an open goal” for an MSP. It was achievable, it had been costed, and it ticked many boxes, from an environmental point of view, community facilities, addressing poverty, and more.

“It would be a very foolish politician who opposed it and that would put them in a very difficult position,” he said.