Network Rail starts construction of Levenmouth Rail Link in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 7 Mar 2022 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Network Rail has started construction of the Levenmouth Rail Link, which once operational will see reintroduction of passenger services after more than fifty years.

Transport Scotland has approved £116.6m for the scheme.

The reconstruction includes removal of the old track bed as well as other route preparation activities ahead of re-instatement of a double track railway and passenger services to Leven.

To make the delivery cost effective, the existing double track bed will be used.

The first passenger train services on the track will operate on diesel. These services will be converted to electric operation at the earliest.

Two new stations will be constructed at Cameron Bridge and Leven.

Scotland’s Railway managing director Alex Hynes said:“Scotland’s Railway has a great record of opening new stations and new lines, which help to drive further investment in communities and create new opportunities for local people.

“Construction of the new Levenmouth Rail Link is a major step towards transforming travel in the local area by creating new transport hubs connected to communities by active travel routes to enhance connectivity.

“But more than this, it has the potential to improve social and economic conditions and deliver opportunities for jobs, education, recreation and tourism and make a real difference to people’s lives.

“We are committed to working alongside the Scottish Government to open up our railway to as many communities as possible across Scotland and look forward to adding this new line onto the rail network.”

This project was announced in 2019.

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Image: Transport Scotland has approved £116.6m for the scheme. Credit: Network Rail 

 

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