The construction of the new Leven station has broken ground, coming as part of the transformative £116m Scottish Government funded Levenmouth Rail Link project.
Leven will come as one half of a new package of stations being built along the route, accompanying Cameron Bridge, acting to reconnect the communities in Levenmouth to the rail network for the first time in over 50 years.
Leven station will house 205m island platforms and incorporate a pebble styled pavilion area acting as the entrance, creating an attractive atmosphere as passengers traverse the network.
The new station will be situated next to the Leven Leisure Centre, boasting easy access and connections to all existing travel routes, such as bus services to the structure. Leven will also host 133 car parking spaces, including ‘blue badge’ accessibility spaces, with provision for EV charging and cycle storage.
The station works began on Monday 6th February, seeing the construction of the foundations for the platforms, utilising more than 98 precast units and around 200 cubic metres of concrete.
The project is currently expected to take 14 months, with plans for the official opening in Spring 2024. The original planning application for this station was submitted in early October 2022, seeing a combination of permitted development rights and ‘prior approval’ enabling the project to progress work within the confines of the railway corridor. Further planning permission for the wider elements of the station’s design is still being considered by Fife Council.
Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway said:
“I am delighted to be here to see work begin to construct the new Leven station.
“Leven and Cameron Bridge stations will be the gateway to the rail network for local people and it is great to see work getting moving on what will be the public gateways of the project.
“This new line will also serve other areas of Fife and allow the community better connectivity which means increased access to employment, education and make it easier for people to visit this beautiful part of the Fife coast. The benefits this brings are countless.
“In the coming months, the community will see a lot of work happening and quickly as the project gathers momentum and starts to build towards the opening of the line in spring 2024.”
Following successful completion of a range of preparatory activities, the project to deliver the new Levenmouth Rail Link kicked off in March 2022.