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Scotland: start of work on the Levenmouth rail link

Network Rail has started construction of the Levenmouth rail link.

North Thornton Junction

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Preparation works include the removal of the old track bed before the reinstatement of a double track railway.

This project, valued at 116.6 million GBP (141.7 million euros | 153.3 million USD), was the first announced by Scottish Government Transport Minister Graeme Dey last summer and reintroduce passenger services to the region for the first time in over 50 years.

Two new stations will be built at Leven and Cameron Bridge and opportunities for freight, tourist and charter train operations are also being explored.

The first services to run on the line will be diesel-powered, but conversion to electricity will take place as soon as possible.

Leven compound set up 3

Installation of the Leven complex

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Bill Reeve, director of rail at Transport Scotland, said:

“The Levenmouth Rail Link demonstrates our ambition not only to improve and invest in Scotland’s railways, but also our commitment to communities, as the new rail links bring many additional benefits such as connectivity to the economic area wider to allow new routes for work, education and leisure.

“Our experience of the highly successful Borders Railway project clearly shows that the maximum benefits of rail investment are realized where they are delivered in the form of a package of transport measures enhanced and underpinned by community initiatives and projects.

“That is exactly what we are doing at Levenmouth as we strive to achieve our decarbonisation and zero emissions targets.

“It will give people the opportunity to travel to and from Levenmouth in a more sustainable way and by including active travel links we can encourage greener journeys through and through.”