SNP Scottish Government announces £70 million for project to revive Levenmouth by reinstating railway line and creating better transport options
I am absolutely delighted that the SNP Scottish Government is to reopen the Leven rail link.
The announcement of the £70 million project was made by Transport Minister Michael Matheson in Methil this morning.
I am very pleased that colleagues in the Scottish Government have recognised the potential in Levenmouth, this is a huge and very welcome step forward. The rail link will bring real benefits for future generations, connecting people and businesses based in Levenmouth and the surrounding area, including the East Neuk, to the main rail network as well as opening up the area to inward investment and tourism.
I was also pleased to hear the Scottish Government has committed £5 million to improving bus, cycling and walking provision, which will not only help people get around but encourage healthy, sustainable lifestyles.
Members of LMRC are to be congratulated on their relentless determination to improve the lives and employment prospects of people in this area with the rail link and I’m delighted for them and my fellow SNP colleagues including local MSP Jenny Gilruth, who have fought so hard to make sure Fife’s needs are met.
The SNP government has a strong record of investing in Fife – with £45.3 million for the new Levenmouth Academy, £400 million in superfast broadband, the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing, £4.5 million of spending on the new Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital, and £86 million for the new Fife College campus.
I hope today’s announcement also provides encouragement for other local rail projects including Newburgh and St Andrews in my constituency.