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.
We understand that you will have many questions about the Levenmouth Reconnected project and we will answer them below. The FAQs section of the site will evolve and develop in tandem with the project.
If the answer to your query is not below, please use our contact form to share your question with the project team and they will come back to you.
What is being proposed for the Levenmouth project ?
Thanks to the Levenmouth Rail campaign, Network Rail has been commissioned by Transport Scotland to develop plans to reinstate the connection from the mainline rail network to Leven to restore passenger services to the town.
In railway terms, this means we will;
- Deliver 19 single track kilometers of new / reinstated railway
- Deliver two new modern accessible stations
- Make provision to enable efficient electrification of the line in the future
Throughout the duration of the project, both in planning and delivery, we will work with local partners and stakeholders to maximise the benefits that the railway can bring to the community it will serve and put in the right foundations that will ensure the long term success of the line.
This means we will;
- 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
As well as reinstating passenger services, the rail link will be able to serve the needs of freight. Moving goods by rail as opposed to road will further support environmental goals and efficient ways to move goods will provide an added stimulus to attract businesses to the community
This means we will;
- Work with stakeholders and business to consider Freight options as part of the development
Why is it taking so long ?
Investments of this size to improve our transport networks take a significant amount of time to design, plan and deliver. It is a once in a lifetime project and so it is important to get it right.
We are talking to a range of different groups and stakeholders to design the project in order that it can be delivered as efficiently as possible with the minimum of negative impact. These discussions will help us to deliver a scheme that will link to and work for the community and maximise the positive impact the project will have across this part of Fife.
When will work start ?
Preparatory work is already underway. Vegetation clearance and site and ground investigations all along the route will be ongoing into early 2021. This helps to inform the design of the project and informs the development of the programme of work that will see Levenmouth Reconnected.
The current plan will see the start of physical work to deliver the railway from 2022.
What will I see during work ?
The project will be highly visible when it starts its main construction phase.
Along the line, there will be excavators and other plant vehicles lifting and clearing the old sections of railway that still exist. We will then rebuild the track-bed, expanding where needed to accommodate double-tracking. We will then lay the new railway on top. Along the line we will also ensure provision for future electrification.
There will be work on bridges along the route to provide or maintain access across the railway as well as on the structures that carry the railway itself. There will also be work to protect the railway from the river and drainage and flood-mitigation measures will be designed along the length of the route.
At two locations – Cameron Bridge and Leven, there will be significant volumes of work to construct the new stations on the route. As well as work to construct the station platforms, this will also mean access roads and car parking with provision for electric charging points, lighting etc and we will work with other partners to link to the surrounding communities via foot and cycle paths.
Will the track extend to Methil for freight or passenger use ?
The project as proposed plans for the reinstatement of passenger services to Leven and to explore potential to develop opportunities for freight.
While it is not initially proposed to install track to Methil, we will keep the option open to do this in the future in the way that the project is designed and delivered.
What will the stations look like ?
Although it is too early to go into specifics of the detail of the plan for each station, both will be fully accessible with step-free access to each platform.
In 2021 we engage with the community to look in more detail at the plans for the stations - how people et to them and what facilities they find when they get there. This is ahead of submitting a planning application to the Council.
Ahead of this we are also working with other projects and partners to develop proposals that improve connectivity between the stations and the communities they will serve, active travel options and to optimise transport integration to improve overall journeys.
Where will the line take me ?
The line will run from Leven in the east and through the new Cameron Bridge station to join the existing mainline rail network at Thornton North junction. To the south of the junction, a branch line heads west towards Dunfermline while the main line continues south towards the Forth Bridge and the city of Edinburgh.
Where can I find out more and follow progress ?
In the lead up to and throughout the delivery of the project, we will be visible in the community and available to engage with different groups to discuss the work and update on progress.
In normal times, we would have already been engaged with the community sharing information and seeking views on the proposals. COVID restrictions have limited what we can do and forced us to move more of our engagement online and on to web-based platforms and via social media.
While this has been beneficial and allowed us to share information on the project, it is not ideal as our preference would always be to meet in person. We hope that we will get the chance to do this in the near future.
If you have any questions about the project you can email us – LevenmouthReconnected@networkrail.co.uk but we will be updating this site on a regular basis and please look out for us on social media – twitter @NetworkRailScot