PASSENGER services began operating on the 9.6km branch to Leven in Scotland with the timetable change on June 2, following the completion of a £116.6m reopening project funded by the Scottish Government.

Closed to passenger traffic since 1969, the restored double-track branch to Leven from Thornton North Junction on the Edinburgh - Dundee main line was officially opened on May 29 by Scotland’s first minister, Mr John Swinney.

Work on the project undertaken by Network Rail (NR) has included the construction of two new stations at Cameron Bridge and Leven. The new stations are fully accessible, with accessible spaces in their car parks as well as facilities for electric vehicle charging and cycle storage.

ScotRail is now operating an hourly service between Leven and Edinburgh and a total of 37 trains a day. Although diesel-worked at present, the Levenmouth Rail Link has been designed for future electrification.

“By improving access to leisure, economic, employment and educational opportunities, alongside improving the connectivity to and from the area for residents, visitors and businesses, this rail link will help transform the lives of families and young people in the area,” Swinney says.

The project was delivered by an alliance between Transport Scotland, NR and its contractors, including AtkinsRéalis, BAM, QTS, SPL, Siemens, AMCO Giffen, Story and Babcock.

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