Warning to Fife walkers as work on new rail line increases

Network Rail is advising people who are using the disused Leven railway corridor to ‘be aware’ as activity increases ahead of work to reinstate the line.

By Jamie Callaghan
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:11 am
The new warning signs.
The new warning signs.

With the preparatory work well underway ahead of the reconstruction of the Levenmouth rail link, Network Rail is urging caution and are asking people to be extra careful if they continue to use the area due to the increasing number of vehicles and site activity.

To flag the increased risk to the public, signs have been positioned across the nine-kilometre rail corridor.

Engineers have already carried out vegetation clearance and site survey and geological investigations to inform the development of the project is ongoing. Further survey and inspection work will be happening as the rail corridor and surrounding area begins to gear up for major construction activity later in the year.

Tom McPake, project manager for the Levenmouth rail link project, said: “We understand that over the years, the disused railway has been used by people exercising, enjoying nature and accessing the river.

“While we do not want to prevent anyone from doing these things just yet, we want to ensure that they can continue to do so safely. There will be more vehicles, more workers and more activity with railway plant and vehicles moving along the railway corridor. It’s for this reason we are encouraging people to be careful.

“While we would ask people to avoid using the area if they can, we would advise them to be extra vigilant if they continue to do so.”

Network Rail is encouraging anyone with any questions about the project to email [email protected] or call 03457 11 41 41.