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MOTION TO CONGRATULATE LEVENMOUTH RAIL CAMPAIGN

Publised date : 01 Jun 2017

Jenny Gilruth MSP has lodged a motion (S5M-05941: "Levenmouth Rail Link") asking the Scottish Parliament to congratulate the Levenmouth Rail Campaign for handing over a 12,506-signature petition to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP, and calling for a Member's Debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Levenmouth Rail Link.

The motion text reads:

“That the Parliament notes what it sees as the strong support that the Levenmouth Rail Campaign has achieved; believes this has been demonstrated by it organising a petition that has by signed by over 12,500 residents from the area that calls for the re-opening of the rail link from Thornton to Leven; welcomes the Fife Council report, Levenmouth Sustainable Transport Study – Final Stag Report, which was published in January 2017; understands that this study included a strongly positive cost-benefit analysis for the link and suggested that its re-opening would lead to major economic benefits; believes that, although the Levenmouth area faces high levels of economic deprivation and problems with connectivity, it has substantial opportunities for employment and economic development; considers that this project could help deliver this; understands that passenger numbers on other re-opened services, including the Borders Railway and the Airdrie-Bathgate line have exceeded predictions, and notes the view that a strong case has been made for ministers to give serious consideration to the re-opening of the Levenmouth line for passenger and freight services.”

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