Fife Council has confirmed a £100 million investment in the Levenmounth area over the next few years.
This weeks councillors at Levenmouth Area Committee heard several reports detailing the partnership work bringing these improvements.
The first is the Levonmouth Connectivity Project which has seen active travel routes been identified to the proposed railway stations in Leven and Cameron Bridge. The Leven Programme has submitted a funding bid for the next stage of the detailed design works to Sustrans. A decision from Sustrans is expected at the end of November.
The council also plans to deliver mobility hubs in the region that integrate public transport and shared transport (such as bike share and car clubs) at key locations, encouraging more sustainable and active travel.
Transport operator SEStran has appointed Steer to investigate the feasibility and develop a business case for mobility hubs at Leven and Cameron Bridge rail stations.
Fife Council is also looking to develop a Local Bus Service Action Plan to enhance accessibility to the two new rail stations.
The council is commissioning Stantec to undertake the Leven Placemaking Study to inform the design of the Leven Station, meeting the local community’s aspirations. The Study will gather the views of the local community and stakeholders to develop options for a ‘transformational gateway arrival experience’ at Leven rail station.
The investment will also replace the Leven Rail Bridge. Bawbee Bridge has had an 18 tonnes weight limit since the 1990s. Due to the railway returning, the project has been reviewed and all bridgeworks should now be carried out – avoiding excessive costs once the rail line is electrified.
Cllr Ken Caldwell welcomed the reports saying: “The bright future we envision for Levenmouth is starting to take shape. These projects have a common theme of connecting the whole area and bringing with these connections, real opportunities for individuals and communities.”