The reinstatement of Levenmouth Rail Link will provide the area with a major boost to economic sustainability and connectivity.
It will deliver opportunities for local people - unlocking access to education, culture, entertainment and employment options, as well attracting new business and investment.
Project moves to delivery phase
Transport Scotland, Network Rail and our industry partners have worked closely to develop the delivery programme which now includes a significantly expanded project scope delivering additional investment and realising additional opportunities and benefits.
The project that we will deliver is significantly different and much enhanced from that envisaged in 2019 when the project was first announced.
It now includes further investment in electrification and active travel routes and opportunities in freight and tourist / charter connections and additional bridge works within the delivery – as well as the previously announced double-tracking and stations.
As part of the Levenmouth Rail link development, there will be two new stations on the line at Cameron Bridge and at Leven.
You can find more details of the station sites on the Location tab.
We will further develop these options and seek planning permission for the new stations through the council's planning process early in 2022.
Work compounds key to efficient delivery
One of the first and key enabling tasks at the start of any major infrastructure project is to decide the locations of, and construct the work compounds – and this is no different for the Levenmouth Rail link project.
The size and type of compounds required can vary significantly and will reflect the requirements for a particular piece of work or to serve a specific purpose on a project.
At this point in time, we envisage that the Levenmouth project will be delivered using six compounds and two main sites – one to the east and one to the west of the route. There will also be four satellite compounds – two of which will focus on the stations and two focussed on bridge works.
The main compound which will host the project’s site office will be at the Heritage Centre in Leven, is currently being developed. To the west of the route, the compound at Double Dikes is already in place and is supporting early track works. As well as staff accommodation, it has space for plant and materials and can act as a lay down area for equipment arriving to site.
Also already in place are compounds at Tullybreck and Cardowrie. These will be the bases for the bridge works with space for plant and materials,. They will be largely self-sufficient in delivering the required work on the structures along the route.
Satellite compounds at Leven leisure centre and at Cameron Wood will host the staff who will deliver the station elements of the project and these will be established ahead of work getting underway on this part of the project.
The siting of compounds has to reflect the needs of the project but it is also dependent on available land and how it can be accessed from the road network. So, its not just about establishing the compound, its also about creating haul roads to enable vehicles to get to it and to ensure access where required to the rail corridor.
Compounds and haul roads to date have used more than 9000 tonnes of stone to construct !
Creating the infrastructure we need to deliver the project is a major task in itself – and that’s before we even get to thinking about building a railway.
Update - Junction upgrade points east
During a closure on East Coast Mainline on Sunday 6th March, the Levenmouth project team took advantage of the fine spring weather to make important upgrades to Thornton North Junction which will allow trains to once again run onto the branch line.
The team replaced switches on a set of points as well as relaying sleepers and rails on the junction.
Successfully completing this work at Thornton North junction enables us to move forward with the work to create the first new sections of track on the west side of the Levenmouth rail link.
Latest News - Work is underway to deliver Levenmouth Rail link
Levenmouth moves a step closer to the reintroduction of passenger services for the first time in more than fifty years, bringing with it exciting new journey opportunities and economic benefits for the area.
You can read more about it here
Latest News - Fife MSPs visit Levenmouth Rail link site
As activity continues to prepare for the start of work on the Levenmouth Rail Link, Members of the Scottish Parliament Jenny Gilruth and David Torrance visited site to see first-hand the progress that has been made.
You can read more here.
Latest news - Redundant Leven track to support heritage railways.
The Levenmouth rail link project has now completed work to remove the old disused track and redundant infrastructure from the former branch line.
Completing the removal of redundant and life expired railway equipment is an important step forward for the project and is the most significant work completed to date.
You can read more here.
Latest News - Track work is a big lift for Levenmouth rail project
The Levenmouth rail link project has taken another huge step forward with the start of work to remove the old disused track and redundant infrastructure from the former branch line.
Following on from last month’s confirmation that the line will be double tracked and electrified, and announcement of the station locations when Transport Minister Graeme Dey visited Leven, the removal of the old disused tracks is another clear signal that project is gathering momentum.
You can read more about the track lifting here.
Latest News - Levenmouth rail link plans unveiled
Scottish Government Transport Minister, Graeme Dey has announced that reinstated line will be double tracked and electrified and confirmed locations of the two stations.
The Transport Minister made the announcement on a visit to Leven to see the site of what will be the the new station and walk part of what will be the new line.
You can read more about the project here.
Latest News - Former railway yard supports work to reinstate Levenmouth rail link
Network Rail has taken delivery of sixteen thousand sleepers that will form part of the new Levenmouth Rail link.
The sleepers have been delivered to and are being stored in Thornton Yard, to the west of the branch line, ahead of major work to deliver the project from early 2022.
You can read more details here.
Latest News - Bats about Levenmouth Rail Link
Network Rail has worked with staff at the Forth Rivers Trust to put up bat boxes along the route of the Levenmouth Rail link.
This work is part of the Leven Connectivity Programme and followed on from the initial removal of trees along the route to clear the space for the new rail development.
You can read more here.
Latest News - A sign of things to come at Leven
Network Rail is advising people who are using the disused Leven railway corridor to ‘be aware’ as activity increases ahead of work to reinstate the line.
In the years since the line closed, the area has been used by local people for walking, running, fishing and nature watching as it is flat, vehicle-free and offered good views of, and access to, the river, even though the line has always been classed as operational railway.
With preparatory work well underway ahead of the reconstruction of the railway, Network Rail is urging caution and are asking people to be extra careful if they continue to use the area due to the increasing number of vehicles and site activity.
You can read more here
Latest News – This is not a drill – Ground Investigation is progressing
Work to carry out site and ground investigations all along the line of the Levenmouth rail link continues and we are making good progress.
Ground investigations determine the rock conditions and gives the designers of the railway the information they need to develop the detailed delivery plans and help inform the specification and requirements for construction of the railway.
We do this by carrying out Sonic Drilling at specific locations in the area - taking soil and rock samples for testing insitu to determine the best way forward for the project.
We will continue to keep you up to date with progress on the project via the web site, but if you have any questions you can email LevenmouthReconnected@networkrail.co.uk
Latest News - Community Engagement closes
Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact us to ask questions and to share their views on the proposed station locations for the Levenmouth Rail link.
Many people also took up the offer to meet with the project team at our ‘virtual’ community engagement events which were both challenging and informative. And although not ideal, it was great to get the chance to meet and talk to local people about the project.
We are hopeful that circumstances in 2021 will allow us to meet in person and give us more opportunities to discuss the project as it evolves and develops.
Our next step is to review the feedback received from the community engagement and views shared through project partners and stakeholders to decide the ‘preferred option’ which we will take forward.
We will continue to update via the web site and on social media - @NetworkRailScot – as work towards getting #LevenmouthReconnected.
Latest News - Project web site to host community engagement sessions
The Fife public are being given a platform to share their views on plans for Levenmouth Rail link through online information sessions.
Though focussed on the sites of the new stations, the project will welcome views on all aspects of the project such as active travel links, station facilities or integration with other transport modes.
More details here https://www.networkrailmediace…
Latest News Vegetation clearance begins
Devegetation is now underway at the west end of the route and is progressing well.
Listen to our project sponsor explain what we are doing and why here.
Latest News - It's up and away for Levenmouth rail link work
Watch this video for more on forthcoming works.
See more of the line from this unique angle and find out more about what work we will be doing and why in the coming months as we prepare the project, here.
With lack of transport cited as a key indicator of social deprivation, such a significant investment in rail infrastructure has the potential to be genuinely transformational for regeneration of the area.
Improving transport links also supports the wider decarbonisation agenda and will trigger modal shift from road to rail.
On completion Levenmouth rail link will deliver substantial social benefits and opportunities for local people - unlocking access to education, culture, entertainment and employment options, as well attracting new business and investment.
What will change?
The development of Levenmouth rail link will see:
- 19 single track kilometres of new / reinstated railway. (This means a double track railway running the full length).
- Two new modern accessible stations
- Electrification of the line
- Work with partners to optimise travel / interchange options connecting stations
- Work with local groups and stakeholders to support and promote social, economic and regeneration aspirations
- Work with stakeholders and local interest groups to support environmental goals and promote active travel and active leisure activities in the railway corridor
- Work with stakeholders and business to consider freight options as part of the development
- Work with local groups to consider opportunities in tourist / charter connections.