THE disused line to the Levenmouth area of Fife is to be reopened to passenger trains at a cost of around £70 million.
Transport secretary Michael Matheson said there would be stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge. The revived link would take passengers to Edinburgh in around 70 to 75 minutes.
He said: ‘The detailed appraisal work that has been carried out suggests that improved transport links, which give Leven a direct rail link to the capital, will lead to an enhanced local economy, bringing better access to employment and education and the potential for new investment.
‘Easier and more sustainable travel options will make it easier for people to reach hospitals, schools and visit other areas of the country as well as giving better access to Levenmouth.’
The news was also also welcomed by the co-leader of Fife Council, David Ross. He added: ’The rail network is now set to be taken forward to the next stage of development, and we look forward to seeing detailed designs.’
Passenger trains were withdrawn from the route in 1969, but it continued in use for freight and the track still exists. Trains should be running again within five years, and it has been forecast that 750,000 passengers will be using the line by 2037.