REF: 3751578 - Request for information about the current and planned status of the rail link between Thornton and Leven Stations in Fife
13/11/2013 14:49:16 GMT Standard Time
Wendy.Morton@networkrail.co.uk to firstname.lastname@example.org
I write with reference to your recent enquiry, and I can confirm the current position with regards to the Thornton to Levenmouth line is as follows:
The line is operational between Thornton and Earlseat coal loading point; this section is used by regular trains of open cast coal.
The line between Earlseat and Levenmouth is currently mothballed but could be brought back into use should traffic needs demand it. For passenger services to operate there would need to be significant investment to upgrade the line to passenger standards.
At this stage we have not been asked to progress any plans to reopen this section. It would be for Transport Scotland to specify this to us, however, it is not part of their current requirements from us. Any such requirement would also have to consider the train service specification and funding.
I trust this information is useful.
Wendy Morton, Community Relations Advisor, Scotland
Government & Corporate Affairs