Levenmouth’s long-awaited rail link is still on track to open in 2023 despite the coronavirus lockdown, it has been confirmed.
Network Rail said construction would begin late next year and plans are being made for virtual consultations to keep the public informed of progress and hear their views.
Five possible locations for a station near Leven swimming pool are being considered, including the old power station site, along with four options for a second station at Cameronbridge.
Preparations have already begun and the first visible work on site will begin as soon as government restrictions are eased.
SNP MSPs Jenny Gilruth and David Torrance held an online meeting with Network Rail officials this week and councillors will be updated on Thursday.
Local campaigners have also welcomed the progress and will meet Network Rail on Wednesday.
Ms Gilruth said: The Scottish Government’s investment to reopen Leven’s rail link will deliver real and lasting transformational change for the people of Levenmouth,” she said.
“When I welcomed the Transport Secretary’s announcement last July, I said the people of Levenmouth will now expect action so I am pleased to learn from Network Rail that real progress is being made.
“I will continue to watch closely to ensure Leven is reconnected to rail as soon as possible.”
Mr Torrance said he had been interested in the options being looked at for potential stations and added: “While each opportunity has undoubted benefits, they also have associated challenges which must be addressed and carefully measured.
“It is vital that the wider local community continues to be consulted on these important decisions so it was great to hear that work us under way to ensure engagement continues.”
Graeme Stewart, of Network Rail’s Levenmouth project team, said development is still at a very early stage but added: “To date, we have been working on developing a range of options which will define what the project looks like and how it is delivered.
“As part of this, we will meet with and listen to local groups and organisations in the area.
“The development and delivery of work on the project will be in discreet phases with the first visible work, removal of vegetation to enable site and geological investigation, set to begin as soon as government restrictions are eased and pre-work surveys are complete.”