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Minister sees progress on Levenmouth rail link first hand

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenant Rights Patrick Harvie visited the Levenmouth Rail Link site to meet the team delivering the new line to Fife.

He visited the sites of what will be both new stations and walked along the track bed to view and discuss the infrastructure, including active transport links, which will be delivered by the project team.

Plans for the rail link include the construction of two new stations and the re-establishment of 19 kilometers of single-track electrified railway which will reconnect Leven to the national rail network for the first time in more than half a century.

Early progress on the project saw the first mile of rail west of the route commissioned at Thornton Junction and is now being used to enable the delivery of the second mile of track works.

In addition, major repairs and rehabilitation of a number of bridges over waterways and under the tracks along the six-mile rail corridor are now complete.

Reinforcement work on the Leven Rail (Bawbee) Bridge on behalf of Fife Council is expected to start in the autumn – subject to planning permission for the diversion route being agreed.

Completion of the branch line in spring 2024 will see trains stop at Cameron Bridge and Leven stations for the first time since 1969.

Patrick Harvie said; “This is the first time I have had the opportunity to visit the site and understand the magnitude of the task to restore the railway line and the challenge that awaits the project team.

“Providing low-carbon transport options will make this region more attractive to foreign investment and support the growth of tourism, which in turn will support communities and boost the local economy.

“The investment in inks and active travel facilities around the mainline railway project is part of the Scottish Government’s work to extend the national network of cycle and walking routes to connect communities and wider active travel networks already in place locally as we work towards our net-zero ambitions.

“I look forward to seeing the project progress and further opportunities to hear from a wide range of people about its benefits and challenges.”

Martin McKinlay, Network Rail’s sponsor for the Levenmouth rail link, said: “The new line will improve social and economic opportunities for people in the surrounding communities and we are working hard with local partners to maximize the positive impact the project will have. will have throughout the region. .

“It was great to have Mr Harvie on site to show the work already in progress, discuss the next steps in the delivery phase and show that the Rail Link is on its way to becoming a reality.

“It’s great to be part of a project that has the potential to be hugely positive for the region and to provide something that will transform the lives of local people and communities served by the railway.”

Network Rail encourages anyone with questions about the project to email [email protected] or call our 24-hour hotline on 03457 11 41 41 and more information about the job can be found at www.scotlandsrailway.com/projects

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