Levenmouth rail link to reopen: project updates

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“Levenmouth Rail Link to reopen” is the usual phrasing used by both campaigners and local government. Seems reasonable that this refers to reopening of a rail link to the conurbation of Levenmouth.

You could complain about anyone talking about reopening Levenmouth Station but I’ve never seen any reference to a "Levenmouth Station reopening” either in this thread or indeed anywhere else.
By way of further information, Levenmouth is the local administrative area (one of six across Fife) and the Levenmouth conurbation comprises a number of almost contiguous settlements (Leven, Methil, Methilhill, Buckhaven, Windygates, Kennoway) as well as the Wemyss villages and the Largo/Lundin Links area.

The two stations on the line being reopened will not be located at their previous sites when the line closed for passenger traffic in 1969. The only option for the Cameron Bridge site is about 3-400m from the old station (due to enhanced safety regulations related to the major distillery there) and the old Leven station is now built over (and in any case was about 400 metres along the line heading towards the East Neuk
 
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By way of further information, Levenmouth is the local administrative area (one of six across Fife) and the Levenmouth conurbation comprises a number of almost contiguous settlements (Leven, Methil, Methilhill, Buckhaven, Windygates, Kennoway) as well as the Wemyss villages and the Largo/Lundin Links area.

The two stations on the line being reopened will not be located at their previous sites when the line closed for passenger traffic in 1969. The only option for the Cameron Bridge site is about 3-400m from the old station (due to enhanced safety regulations related to the major distillery there) and the old Leven station is now built over (and in any case was about 400 metres along the line heading towards the East Neuk

Thanks - and congratulations on the campaign's success to date. Which of the station options in Leven does the campaign support?
 

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Options 3/4 seems to be the preferred options, but it's splitting hairs between them. 1 is a bit too far out of town for walking.

I think we'll probably end up with 3 as there is less work to do, but that is just a prediction.

Any advance on completion date for this. I'm guessing December 2022 timetable change.
 

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Link to consultation website:


Having a look at this. Looking at the maps (and without any local area knowledge), it strikes me that the proposed Cameron Bridge station has no access from the nearest housing - the area around Poplar Road, just the other side of the River Leven. Wouldn't a footbridge over the river and a footpath/cyclepath from the station towards either Poplar Road or Ashgrove make the station massively more useful? As proposed without that, the station seems useful only only as a park-and-ride.
 

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Having a look at this. Looking at the maps (and without any local area knowledge), it strikes me that the proposed Cameron Bridge station has no access from the nearest housing - the area around Poplar Road, just the other side of the River Leven. Wouldn't a footbridge over the river and a footpath/cyclepath from the station towards either Poplar Road or Ashgrove make the station massively more useful? As proposed without that, the station seems useful only only as a park-and-ride.

This is outside the scope of any scheme. The plan is literally just to get the trains running.

It would be nice to have, but that's a Fife council problem, or more likely a Scottish Government funding situation.
 

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NR starting to ramp up the preparatory works:


Network Rail is advising people who are using the disused Leven railway corridor to ‘be aware’ as activity increases ahead of work to reinstate the line.


In the years since the line closed, the area has been used by local people for walking, running, fishing and nature watching as it is flat, vehicle-free and offered good views of, and access to, the river, even though the line has always been classed as operational railway.


However, with the preparatory work well underway ahead of the reconstruction of the railway, Network Rail is urging caution and are asking people to be extra careful if they continue to use the area due to the increasing number of vehicles and site activity.
 

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Do we think there will be any work done at the junction between the Leven line and the Dundee-Edinburgh? As it stands trains heading from Kirkcaldy and Thornton to Leven will have to cross the ECML to continue to Leven. A flyover from Thornton to the Leven line could eliminate this crossing but I guess it would be a lot of expense for one or two trains per hour. There's also trees, houses, and a golf course in the way.

If the configuration stayed as it is now would the junction become a significant bottleneck?
 

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Well it might be fettled up a bit. But not a flyover!




No, not at all.
Thanks for this, I presumed it wasn't significant as I couldn't find any discussion on it!
Isn't it just going to be an extension of an existing service? So no actual extra trains as such.
Previous posts suggest a service terminating at Cowdenbeath could be extended to serve Leven, which would mean an extra crossing of the mainline. However looking at the National Rail app I can't see this service at all, perhaps it was suspended due to the virus?
 

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If or when money becomes available for a new flyover in Scotland it will doubtless be used somewhere like Winchburgh, not for a reopened branch line.
 

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If or when money becomes available for a new flyover in Scotland it will doubtless be used somewhere like Winchburgh, not for a reopened branch line.
As a Winchburgh resident, can we have a station first?
 

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Please have some respect please gentlemen.
This new service is crossing the EC Main Line!
Flyovers have been built across far lesser routes.
 

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If or when money becomes available for a new flyover in Scotland it will doubtless be used somewhere like Winchburgh, not for a reopened branch line.
Given the topography, I would have thought a dive under / bridge would be more appropriate to the area anyway. The Leven line has quite a gradient to reach the Mainline, and there would be enough space on the other side to rise up to the junction / triangle at Glenrothes.
 

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If or when money becomes available for a new flyover in Scotland it will doubtless be used somewhere like Winchburgh, not for a reopened branch line.

I suspect when Almond Chord does happen it will have a flyover at the junction with the Fife lines but not at the Winchburgh end because it will be an 8/2 split with only 2tph using the current line.

As a Winchburgh resident, can we have a station first?

I understand good progress is being made. WDL seem quite hopeful now that it will all be signed off soon.
 

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I suspect when Almond Chord does happen it will have a flyover at the junction with the Fife lines but not at the Winchburgh end because it will be an 8/2 split with only 2tph using the current line.



I understand good progress is being made. WDL seem quite hopeful now that it will all be signed off soon.
I responded to a consultation on the motorway junction saying the station should be built first, but I haven't heard anything recently. That's good to hear progress on the station is being made.

Hopefully if and when the chord does get built a new station at Kirkliston is included too.
 

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What is the likely demand to be like for the stations that will be built?

This is commercially sensitive, and even then the feasibility studies aren't published (commissioned by the government for governments eyes only)

We did a study in 2013 that showed it was feasible, and I'll try dig out the BCR we came up with, but no levels of demand forecast are likely to ever be published. We'll only get an announcement that the line has smashed all estimates in a couple of years (feasibility studies usually have to find a positive BCR with a 'minimum growth' expectation to be accepted, which this one did)

Edit: can't find the BCR but I can find a brief calculation I did about six years ago before the most recent study. Came to an estimate of about 120k pax at a minimum, which seems to be a bit on the conservative side
 
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