Levenmouth area to rejoin Scottish passenger network

By Ben Jones

A £75MILLION scheme to reconnect the Levenmouth area of East Fife to the rail network was approved by the Scottish Government in August. 

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The five-mile line from Thornton Junction will serve reopened stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven. 

Passenger services ceased in 1969, but the line remained open for freight until 2001, serving Methil power station and a whisky distillery at Cameron Bridge. 

Class 26 No. 26028 waits at Cameron Bridge before picking up empty CO2 tanks for transhipment to Thornton and Mossend on February 25, 1990. RAIL PHOTOPRINTS

It is hoped the line can once again be used for freight, as well as passenger services to Edinburgh and Dundee. 

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Through journeys from Leven to Edinburgh will take around 70-75 minutes, with studies suggesting the line could attract up to 750,000 passengers per year by 2037.  

Read more in the September 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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