Network Rail

Redundant tracks removed as part of Levenmouth rail project

The Levenmouth rail link project has reached another milestone, as key work by Network Rail to remove old disused track and redundant infrastructure from the former branch line is now underway.

Last month, it was confirmed that the line would be double tracked and electrified, and the removal of the old disused tracks is a great indicator that the project is gathering speed. Work is taking place between Thornton Junction and Leven and will continue until the end of August.

The developments will be delivered within the Fife heritage railway site, and the line will be accessed for this activity from here and at Double Dykes, a small level crossing and junction on the Levenmouth line.

Removing the disused track and excavating the old ballast will guarantee a clear area when construction of the new lines gets going in early 2022. The team involved will be made up of around 10-12 people who will use an excavator and trailer, and the removal of the track will be carried out from west to east.

Network Rail's Project Manager for the Levenmouth Rail link, Joe Mulvenna, said, “this is the most significant phase of preparatory work so far on the project and we are literally clearing the way for the start of construction early next year.”

He added, “while clearing the old track breaks a link with the past, it’s important that we can re-use and recycle the redundant assets for use on heritage railways and some can be repurposed for the new line.”

The railway corridor will remain open for leisure purposes, and Network Rail is putting measures in place to separate the public from the active worksite. The public are also being asked to stay cautious and to follow advice from staff to ensure community safety.

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