Levenmouth Rail Link

– in the Scottish Parliament on 5th September 2019.

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Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party

On 8 August, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity travelled across the River Forth to the magnificent kingdom of Fife to announce that Leven’s railway is set to return after 50 years, confirming £75 million of investment from the Scottish Government to reopen the line.

Will the First Minister join me in congratulating the resolute dedication and commitment of the Levenmouth rail campaign?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Absolutely. I commend the commitment of stakeholders, including the Levenmouth rail campaign, who engaged with the Levenmouth sustainable transport study. I also pay tribute to Jenny Gilruth for her determination on the issue on behalf of her constituents.

From the study, it emerged that the decision to reopen the rail link to Levenmouth, alongside new bus and active travel provision, was right. The study concluded that that integrated solution would best meet the needs of people and businesses in the Levenmouth area. Earlier this month, the Government instructed Network Rail to proceed with the next stages of design development. We have also committed an additional £5 million to a Levenmouth blueprint fund, which is available to partners, to maximise the benefits of the Government investment in the area. We look forward to working with Fife Council on that.