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Article published 21/05/2024

Opening celebrations announced

Transport Scotland has announced the return of rail services to Levenmouth for the first time in more than five decades. The occassion will be celebrated with an official opening from by First Minister John Swinney on Wednesday 29 May. The official opening will take place as part of a series of special events involving members of the local community.

The First Minister confirmed the events during a preview visit to Cameron Bridge station on Friday 10 May. During this visit he also met the project delivery team and young graduates employed on the project.

As part of the opening celebrations, special guests from across the community will join the First Minister onboard the new routes first passenger journey. Leven and Cameron Bridge stations will then play host to events to mark the occasion.

The celebrations include a Golden Ticket Day on Saturday 1 June for individuals who have played a pivotal role for the railway, both past and present. 

ScotRail services will begin operating on the new railway from Sunday 2 June.

Background

The £116 million project, funded by the Scottish Government, includes two brand new accessible stations and 19 kilometres of track, connecting Leven to Thornton Junction on the East Coast Mainline.

It forms part of the wider Levenmouth Reconnected investment programme, which aims to deliver greater social inclusion and sustainable economic growth for the area.

Read the full release on transport.gov.scot.

countdown clock on a railway station platformLevenmouth Rail Link - 100 days to go countdown clock unveiled in February at Waverely Railway Station, Edinburgh. 

Building excitement ahead of the opening

The Welcome to Fife team spent time at Wavely Station concourse to building the momentum and promote the new route. Their target audience was rail commuters, showcasing Levenmouth as a first choice day trip or short break destination.

Hourly trains to and from Edinburgh will connect Levenmouth to the capital city in just over an hour. This aims to provide the area with a major boost to economic sustainability and connectivity, and create new travel links for locals and visitors.

With giant deckchairs, and props to get visitors to the concourse in the mood for summer, the team showcased what the area has to offer. Promotion focused particularly on visiting during the summer months, and included the regions attractive coasts and beaches.

Visitors are being encouraged to grab a photo and help build the excitement around the rail link by using the hashtag #LoveLevenmouth on social media platforms.

group of people standing with a desk on a railway station platformFrom left to right - Karen Christie, Welcome to Fife Tourism Advisor, Matt Pointon, Levenmouth Local Tourism Association Project Manager, and Michael Morris, Chair of Levenmouth Local Tourism Association.

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