Planning applications have been submitted for the development of new rail stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven. Coming as part of Network Rail’s Levenmouth Rail Link Project, this scheme began in 2022 with an investment value of £116m with ambitions to deliver:
- 19 single track kilometres of new / reinstated railway. (Fully double tracked railway)
- Two new modern accessible stations
- Electrification of the line
- Work with partners to optimise interchange options connecting stations
- Opportunities in freight and tourist/charter connections
These new stations will deliver interconnectivity between local residents and the mainline rail network, closing a half century gap and providing opportunities or economic growth.
The proposals for Cameron Bridge details the plans for a two-platform station with a footbridge and accessibility boosting lifts, accompanied by waiting shelters and ticket machines. The designated car park space would afford passengers 125 spaces at first, but with an option to extend the capacity to more than 300 spaces, should the need arise.
Leven’s station would see a 210-metre island platform accessed on the level, thus eliminating the need for a footbridge and lifts. Parking availability is included but the jewel in said stations crown is the accessibility design incorporating walkways that would enable direct connectivity to the adjacent high street, the promenade and a bus station which will enhance transport interchange through active travel routes.
Lisa Cameron, Network Rail’s planning lead for the station developments said:
“We are delighted that local people are taking a great interest in the plans for the stations and the enthusiasm and positivity around the project is fantastic.
“The submission of the planning applications for the station developments is another massive step forward on the road to putting Leven and Cameron Bridge back on the railway map and it is great to see so many local people engaging with the development.
“Securing planning permission for the developments will enable us to then focus fully on the delivery of the stations that will be the gateway to the network for communities that have been denied access to the railway for more than fifty years.”
Network Rail have hosted community events in Methilhill and Leven, which saw more than 300 people afforded the chance to see these plans and offer their feedback directly to the project team. Encouraging community feedback in this manner shows care for the passenger experience and will hopefully rekindle people’s faith in rail travel as the UK promotes the usage of train transportation to decarbonise travel as we progress towards net-zero.
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