“Passenger services to Leven ceased in 1969. Bulk freight continued until 1999, and the short stretch between Thornton North junction and Earlseat opencast mine reopened in 2012 and operated around two trains a week until 2015, after which the line was again closed and mothballed, leaving Levenmouth, with a population of 37,500, as the largest urban area in Scotland without a rail link.” Source: Scottish Government to progress reopening of the Levenmouth Rail Link, on Rail Insider website (August 2019).

Leven railway station is a proposed railway station that will be the terminus of the Levenmouth rail link, connecting the town of Leven, Fife with the Fife Circle Line. Historically, there was a station at Leven between 1854 and 1969 on the North British Railway. A plan to re-open the rail link and the station was approved by the Scottish Government on 8 August 2019. The £70 million project would see the station built near the town’s swimming pool [see map below] by 2024. Direct journeys to Edinburgh Waverley are projected to take just over an hour.

Source: Leven railway station, Fife – Wikipedia

The Levenmouth rail link (also called the Leven rail link) is a planned scheme to re-open 5 miles (8 km) of railway line in Fife, Scotland. The link will connect the town of Leven and other settlements in the Levenmouth conurbation with Thornton, and will join the Fife Circle Line at Thornton North Junction. The line is being promoted by Fife Council and the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SESTRAN). The plan was approved by the Scottish Government on 8 August 2019.

Source: Levenmouth rail link – Wikipedia.
Map showing Leven and Cameron Bridge stations and Fife Circle Line

Source: Scottish Government to progress reopening of the Levenmouth Rail Link, on Rail Insider website (August 2019).
Location of planned Leven station

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Network Rail will shortly begin the first phase of work which will lead to the reinstatement of passenger services to Leven. Engineers will be carrying out vegetation clearance and site survey and geological investigations to inform the development of the project which will see the reinstatement of 19 single track kilometres of railway and two new modern accessible stations for the east of Fife. […] Graeme Stewart of Network Rail’s Levenmouth project team said: “Although still at a very early stage, it is fantastic to see work happening literally preparing the ground and to inform the design of the line.

Source: Vegetation clearance heralds start of work to get Levenmouth reconnected, on Network Rail website (September 2020).

Planned stations

Cameron Bridge

Leven

Further reading

Cameron Bridge railway station – Wikipedia

Fife Circle Line – Wikipedia

Fife Heritage Railway (Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society – see also Wikipedia)

Leven railway station, Fife – Wikipedia

Levenmouth Rail Campaign official website

Levenmouth rail link – Wikipedia

Ordnance Survey map of Levenmouth (1947) on National Library of Scotland website

Scottish Government to progress reopening of the Levenmouth Rail Link, on Rail Insider website (August 2019)

Vegetation clearance heralds start of work to get Levenmouth reconnected, on Network Rail website (September 2020)