Members of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign recently presented a 12,500 signature petition to Scottish Government Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP and a cross party group of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
The campaigners are demanding the reopening of a six mile stretch of line which would enable direct train services between Levenmouth and Edinburgh. According to the campaign group, Levenmouth in Fife is the largest urban area in Scotland not directly served by rail, despite the presence of a mothballed rail line covering the six miles between Leven and the East Coast Main Line at Thornton.
The hugely successful reopening of the Borders Railway two years ago came about because campaigning by a similar group in the Borders, that line has generated a boom in house building and higher than expected passenger numbers. The Fife group hope for a similar result to the benefit of local residents and businesses alike.
Campaign Chair and FSB member Eugene Clarke commented: “The tremendous public and cross party support for our campaign shows how important this rail link will be for businesses in not only Fife but in Edinburgh as well.
We see it as providing an additional source of employees for the almost full employment areas of west Edinburgh as well as attracting the tourist and leisure market for the many great attractions in the Levenmouth area. In the longer term it will help relieve pressure on the Edinburgh housing market.
“In political terms the project ticks every policy box of the governing SNP and we hope our petition and other campaigning actions will help speed up the process in the same way they did with their intervention in the Border Railway.”