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Fife Council Backs Thornton-Leven Re-opening - 7762/12494
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd June 2008

Formal backing for a plan to reopen the railway line between Thornton and Leven has been given by Fife Council (link below.)

It has been estimated that it would cost about

Re: Fife Council Backs Thornton-Leven Re-opening - 7762/12554
Written by Lee on Saturday, 14th June 2008

Plans for a Levenmouth rail link are being threatened by delays signing off a Fife structure plan, an MSP claimed (link below.)

Labour's Claire Baker, who represents Mid-Scotland and Fife, has written to ministers urging them to make a decision on the area plan.

She said major infrastructure projects like reopening the Leven railway and upgrading the A92 Redhouse roundabout are victims of "government dithering".

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said the plan was being considered.

Fife Council wrote to Scottish ministers in June 2007 to ask if the structure plan could be reappraised.

The document defines how much housing can be built in Fife and in which areas. It has to be signed off by ministers.

A revised version was submitted to the Scottish Government in December, but no decision has been made.

Re: Fife Council Backs Thornton-Leven Re-opening - 7762/12560
Written by Lee on Monday, 16th June 2008

A senior Labour councillor has called for money earmarked for reopening the Leven rail link to be ring-fenced (link below.)

Mark Hood said setting aside the

Re: Fife Council Backs Thornton-Leven Re-opening - 7762/12564
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 17th June 2008

The leader of Fife Council has said opposition politicians are putting the Leven rail project in jeopardy (link below.)

Councillor Peter Grant said Labour members were engaged in "negative campaigning" at a time when the council needed to be presenting a united front.

He warned that such action could undermine attempts to reopen the line between Thornton and Leven.

Fife Council Labour leader, Alex Rowley, said Mr Grant appeared to be confusing petty politicking with legitimate debate.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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