by Keri Allan
17 Jun 2021
Plans have been unveiled for the Levenmouth rail link to be double tracked and electrified.
Network Rail has been commissioned to design and construct the rail link scheduled to open in 2024. The final project costs are expected to be announced towards the end of the year.
While the line will be electrified with overhead wires, services will be operated initially by battery electric units in order to reduce the number of diesels operating on the network as early as possible.
The news was confirmed this week by Scottish Government Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, who also announced the locations of two new stations following detailed development work and stakeholder consultation.
The Leven station will be located behind the town’s leisure centre and the Cameron Bridge station will be to the east of the A915.
“I'm pleased to confirm that we plan to double track and electrify the Levenmouth rail link and also open two new stations. This will ensure local communities can benefit from improved connectivity and sustainable travel options.
“This scheme will see the re-opening of the disused rail line between Thornton junction and Leven, providing new passenger rail services to connect the Levenmouth area to Fife, Edinburgh, and the wider rail network. I look forward to seeing this exciting project get underway in the coming months.”
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A special event has taken place to mark 20 years of operation by the Voyager and SuperVoyager Intercity fleets.
With the UK’s House of Commons summer recess now underway, the RIA's warning of a summer of uncertainty could now become a reality.
The complete Alstom Pendolino fleet leased by Avanti West Coast is undergoing refurbishment, an investment of 117 million GBP.
Excavation of the vent shaft at Chalfont St Peter has begun in Buckinghamshire. It is the first of five on the HS2 Chiltern tunnels section.
A prototype electrified rail freight terminal is to receive funding from Innovate UK and the Department for Transport.
HS2 designers are set to more than halve the amount of embedded carbon used in one of the high-speed rail project’s viaducts.
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Passengers at Liverpool Lime Street station can now get free, unlimited WiFi that’s fast enough to support video calls and streaming.
The UK government has published its Decarbonising Transport plan, in which it also lays out how it will decarbonise rail by 2050.
GTR is sub-leasing six of its Class 387/2 Gatwick Express trains to GWR to assist with capacity following the cracks found in the Class 800s.
This month Network Rail will connect a new tunnel north of Peterborough to the existing railway as part of the East Coast Upgrade project.
HS2 has begun its search for a team of specialist ground investigation contractors for the western leg of Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester.
High-speed parcel deliveries to city centres will soon be made by converted passenger trains showcases Network Rail and Orion.
Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station has been officially transferred to TfL, providing immediate benefits to passengers at Moorgate.
The Rail Delivery Group is calling on the UK government to introduce policies that will help shift freight from road to rail.
Further weekend closures of the Northern City Line have been confirmed to enable work on the East Coast Digital Programme.
HS2 has launched Cecilia, the second of two 2,000t tunnelling machines that will excavate ten-mile-long tunnels beneath the Chiltern Hills.
The first four Innovia 300 monorail units for the Alstom-led Cairo Monorail project have been completed and in transit to the Egyptian city.
The Woolwich Elizabeth line station has officially been transferred from Crossrail to Transport for London (TfL).
The Scottish government is to provide a further £5.6m emergency funding to Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the pandemic.
Network Rail lays its first composite railway sleepers across the weight-restricted Sherrington Viaduct between Salisbury and Warminster.
The ORR has published findings showing that train operators kept passengers well informed during the Class 800 cracking issue.
The rolling stock owner and railway asset manager Porterbrook has taken over the Long Marston site, where it will develop a rail innovation centre.
Work begins this July on a major project to improve railway signalling on a key section of the West Coast main line in the UK’s North West.
Permanent works on HS2's Old Oak Common station have got under way today with phase 1 seeing the construction of a 750,000m3 underground box.
HS2 has obtained approval for a scheme that will use excavated material to create new chalk grassland, woodland, wood pasture and wetland.
English commuters are now able to purchase flexible season tickets. These can be used for travel from 28 June.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has extended GTR’s Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement (ERMA) until 31 March 2022.
The ORR has launched the 2023 Periodic Review – the process for determining the funding needed for Britain’s rail network from 2024-2029.
The RDG has warned that a cut in domestic air passenger duty would see thousands of passengers shift from rail to air.
Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility the contract to deliver GRIP stages 4-8 of the Devon and Cornwall re-signalling programme.
Network Rail says that more freight is now being transported across one of its busiest business regions than before the pandemic.
ScotRail has agreed a five-year maintenance contract extension for its fleet of Siemens Mobility Class 380 trains.
An in-depth look at the Williams-Shapps plan to transform Britain's railways following the launch of the Williams Review in 2019.
HS2 begins search for a construction partner to build Interchange Station. This will be at the centre of the new high speed rail network.
The ORR has launched a 'lessons learned' review to examine how the cracking issue in the Hitachi Class 800 trains occurred.
TfW has said goodbye to its last Pacer trains after more than 30 years of service, marking the end of an era for Britain’s railways.
No trains ran to or from London King’s Cross this past weekend as work continued on Network Rail’s East Coast Upgrade.
Euston has become the first station in the UK to offer updates on disruptions in British Sign Language, making the station more accessible.
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HS2 Ltd has revealed a new vacuum excavation technique for piling which could have massive benefits for the wider construction industry.
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East Midlands Railway EMR and AV IT Media have produced a commemorative documentary on the High Speed Train (HST).
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has found Network Rail’s progress in delivering against its Control Period 6 (CP6) plans broadly on track.
Transformation of the Wales and Borders network has moved another step closer with the first Class 197 trains coming off the production line.
FirstGroup has signed two National Rail Contracts for TransPennine Express and South Western Railway, which will commence in May 2021.
The UK government has announced a set of reforms for the railways in Britain, including scrapping the franchise system and simplifying fares.
Eurostar has reached a refinancing agreement with its shareholders and banks worth £250m (289.9m euros | 353.9m USD).
The University of Birmingham has relaunched the National College for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI).
Work is underway on the final stage of a major project to transform London King’s Cross’ track layout, which will reduce congestion.
UK rail companies have added more than 2,500 daily services to their timetables, which come into play today.
HS2 has deployed the first of 10 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will be used during phase one of the UK’s new high speed railway.
In its update paper into the state of the British railway signalling market, the ORR has expressed concern about Siemens / Alstom dominance.
Hitachi Rail has issued a service recovery plan for reintroducing the Class 800 trains back into service, following the detection of cracks.
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FirstGroup, the company that owns the train operating company TransPennine Express, has agreed a termination fee with the DfT.
Edinburgh-based 7N Architects has won a Network Rail and RIBA competition to shape Britain’s future railways.
HS2 has confirmed that a team made up of Mace and Dragados will build Birmingham’s new city centre high speed railway station.
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Avanti West Coast has introduced a new service known as At-Seat Order that enables customers to have food and drink delivered to their seat.
Network Rail completed extensive upgrades to the line between Euston and Scotland over the early May bank holiday weekend.
Network Rail has been listed as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for the year 2021 following steps by the organisation to be more inclusive.
Network Rail has invited private sector companies to invest £1 billion in telecoms infrastructure to upgrade the country's railway network.
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The University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility have signed an MoU for a centre of excellence for rail research and innovation in Goole.
HS2 has presented its design of the Oxford Canal Viaduct that will measure 62.5m and span the canal and towpath between Banbury and Daventry.
Hitachi Rail has completed its acquisition of digital technology company Perpetuum, giving it a broader digital portfolio.
HS2 Ltd has published its shortlist of companies it has asked to tender for the high-speed railway's high-voltage power supply systems.
Greenbrier will build 100 60' intermodal twin wagons for GB Railfreight. Porterbrook will purchase the units and lease them to GBRf.
The Transport Committee has published a report, Trains Fit for the Future?, which calls for a 30-year rolling programme of electrification.
HS2 has cast the first of 112,000 wall segments for the high-speed railway's 10-mile Chiltern tunnel outside of London.
Network Rail has published an updated report on the resilience of the railways following the Stonehaven derailment.
Work has begun on what will be the UK's longest rail viaduct – the Colne Valley Viaduct to the northwest of London, measuring 3.4km.
HS2 will use retired wind turbine blades originally destined for the incinerator to make reinforced concrete that is carbon-friendly.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a specialist contractor to deliver the high-speed railway's engineering management system (EMS).
Following the formal handover of the Heathrow Express depot to Network Rail, NR will begin its decommissioning work in preparation for HS2.
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Transport for London and Siemens Mobility have unveiled the detailed design for the new trains for the London Underground Piccadilly line.
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Network Rail completes the Southampton Freight Train Lengthening project, allowing freight trains of up to 775m to Southampton.
EMR is retiring its fleet of InterCity 125 trains, comprising Class 43 power cars and Mark 3 coaches, in May 2021.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a contractor to build the rolling stock depot and control centre at Washwood Heath in Birmingham.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the design of the Euston tunnel headhouse that will sit alongside the West Coast Main Line in London.
Tottenham Court Road station has reached a major milestone: works are sufficiently progressed for final commissioning activities to begin.
HS2 Phase 2a, connecting the high-speed line from London to Crewe via Birmingham, has received royal assent in parliament.
Network Rail to begin works at London King's Cross station at the end of February as part of the 1.2 billion GBP East Coast Main Line.
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Following its annoucement of this plan in October 2020 the Welsh government has now taken the Wales & Borders franchise into public ownership.
HS2 has revealed its final design for the headhouse and vent shaft at Chalfont St Giles which will provide ventilation to the Chiltern tunnel.
Network Rail has announced Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) works to take place in the first two weeks of August.
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The first of five headhouses that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the HS2 Chiltern tunnel has gained planning approval.
Network Rail and Alstom have signed a two-year framework contract for the supply of CLever cantilevers to electrify railway lines in the UK.
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French transport minister confirms to the National Assembly that France would make sure it supported Eurostar and was in talks with Britain.
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