Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Campaign on track for passenger rail service to Kincardine

Rail consultant David Prescott addresses a packed public meeting in Kincardine
Rail consultant David Prescott addresses a packed public meeting in Kincardine

Strong support is emerging for a west Fife rail link.

More than 50 people attended a meeting held by Green MSP Mark Ruskell in Kincardine, with the majority in favour of reopening the line from Dunfermline to Alloa, with a station in Kincardine.

The railway line was previously used to transport coal to Longannet power station, but has been mothballed since the plant closed in 2016.

Recent interest from the Spanish company Talgo in building a train factory at Longannet has reignited hopes for the line but there are concerns that this could once again provide a freight-only service.

Representatives from Fife Council and Talgo attended the meeting along with local residents from Kincardine, Culross, Valleyfield and other west Fife villages.

Participants raised issues including the generally poor state of bus services, the difficulties of getting to work and education and training opportunities and the problems in connecting to Edinburgh.

There were strong views expressed that any proposed reinstatement from Alloa to the Longannet site must consider the business case for further extension east to Dunfermline.

There was also interest in forming a cross community group to consider next steps.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said: “There have been long-standing aspirations for reopening a rail link between Fife and Clackmannanshire, but the future of the site at Longannet has always thwarted progress.

“The exciting proposal from Talgo, however, has breathed new life into the campaign.

“There’s now a clear demand for the railway line to be used by the train manufacturer, but we need to make sure that the hope for a passenger service too isn’t sidelined.”

Mr Ruskell added a full passenger link between Alloa and Dunfermline would not only open up access to the potential jobs at Talgo, but reinstate a regular public transport link for other commuters, students and leisure passengers across a region that has “too often been left behind”.

“Strong community campaigns have been key to progressing the case for new railway lines and stations in other parts of Fife, like Levenmouth and Newburgh, and I hope the same energy will now help to push forward the case in west Fife,” he added.

A second meeting is due to be held in Alloa Town Hall on May 20.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]