MSPs visit Levenmouth rail link site

Fife MSPs call at Levenmouth rail link site as work continues

Members of Scottish Parliament Jenny Gilruth and David Torrance paid a visit to the Levenmouth Rail link site as work continues on the site.

The plans at the site will see the reinstatement and electrification of a double tracked railway.

This will run from Thornton junction to Leven on the Fife coast and will see two new stations built.

Preparatory work has already seen the clearance of vegetation along the five-mile corridor with redundant railway equipment also removed.

Work is currently ongoing to treat invasive plant species and inspect structures.

Trial holes are also being drilled along the route to check ground conditions and test for contamination.

Further work will see the installation of fencing on the line before work starts proper on the project early in 2022.

Following completion of the work trains will run on the line for the first time in more than half a century.

Speaking on the work at Leven, Jenny Gilruth MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes said: “It was great to have the chance to visit on-site at Leven.

“I’m really grateful to Network Rail staff for facilitating this visit and for the time they spent with elected members answering questions.

“In exactly two years-time we will have trains running into Leven for the first time in over 50 years.

“That’s going to bring employment and leisure opportunities for local people as well as deliver significant benefits to our communities and the local economy.

“I know work on the first mile of track is due to start in January and I can’t wait to see it taking shape.”

Joe Mulvenna, Network Rail Project Manager for the Levenmouth Rail link project added: “Preparation for the start of work on the line is stepping up.

“While we still have some planning and development work to complete, the start of work proper to deliver the project is not far away.

“The rail link will improve social and economic opportunities for people in Cameron Bridge and Leven, and the surrounding communities.

“We will work hard to deliver the new line for the area as quickly as possible.”

 

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