Scotland: Work Begins on Levenmouth Rail Link

Network Rail has begun construction of the Levenmouth Rail Link.

Thornton junction looking north
Thornton junction looking north

Preparation work includes the removal of the old track bed ahead of the reinstatement of a double track railway.

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

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

The first services to run on the line will be diesel operated, however conversion to electric operation will take place as early as possible.

Leven compound set up 3
Leven compound set up
Bill Reeve, Director of Rail at Transport Scotland, said:

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

“Our experience from the highly successful Borders Railway project makes clear the maximum benefits of the railway investment are realised where they are delivered as a package of improved transport measures and underpinned with community initiatives and projects.

“That's exactly what we are doing at Levenmouth as we work towards our decarbonisation and net zero targets.

“It will give people the opportunity to travel to and from Levenmouth more sustainably and by including active travel links, we can encourage greener end-to-end journeys.”

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