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Economic case for Fife rail line

Disused lines at Leven
With lines still in place, estimated costs for reopening are about 45m

A campaign to reinstate a Fife railway has been given a boost.

A report commissioned by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership said there was an economic case for re-introducing Levenmouth services.

It also found a case for reconstructing the line to Leven along an existing route, rather than on a new one.

The line, which ended at Methil docks, was used by freight trains before it closed. The cost of reopening it was estimated at 45m.

Sestran will send the Scottish Government an appraisal.

Russell Imrie, Sestran chairman, said: "Sestran is mindful that there is a great deal of local support for the introduction of passenger train services in Levenmouth.

"The stage two report shows that there is a viable economic case for introducing rail services to the area.

"The pre-existing rail alignment can be re-used and a new infrastructure developed at a competitive cost of 45m.

"The reintroduction of rail service will make Levenmouth far more attractive as a place to live, work and do business.

"It will also offer the possibility of moving freight by rail and encouraging the economic development of the area."

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