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The Levenmouth rail link project has now completed work to remove the old disused track and redundant infrastructure from the former branch line.
The scheme will see the re-opening of the disused rail line between Thornton junction and Leven, providing new passenger rail services to connect the Levenmouth area to Fife, Edinburgh, and the wider rail network.
Removing the disused track and excavating the old ballast will help create a clear area for when the construction of the new lines will begin early in 2022.
Work on the track began in July, after plans for the rail link were revealed in June.
As part of the project’s commitment to minimise its carbon footprint and increase its environmental sustainability, 100% of the removed track will be re-used, recycled or repurposed on the project.
In addition to this, the redundant equipment was itemised and offered to a range of heritage railways.
Network Rail project manager for the Levenmouth Rail link Joe Mulvenna said: “This is the most significant phase of preparatory work so far on the project and we are literally clearing the way for the start of construction early next year.
“While clearing the old track breaks a link with the past, its important that we can re-use and recycle the redundant assets for use on heritage railways and some can be repurposed for the new line.
“It’s great to see local groups benefit from what was a redundant asset and to know the old Levenmouth railway will again serve passengers on the heritage railways, including locally in Fife.”
Next steps for the project will be to sink a significant number of trial boreholes all along the 8km route.
As well as testing the ground, it will also sample for contamination. This will further inform the design development and construction methodology as the project prepares to go on site early in 2022.
This article first appeared on www.newcivilengineer.com
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