Leven­mouth over­looked

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - We are surely not alone in Leven­mouth in strug­gling to iden­tify any logic what­so­ever in cur­rent trans­port pol­icy and, in par­tic­u­lar, the com­plete lack of joined-up think­ing and ac­tion.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment claims credit for pro­gres­sive cli­mate ac­tion and car­bon re­duc­tion, yet chan­nels huge sums (£9 bil­lion in re­cent times) into roads and air travel while starv­ing in­vest­ment and sup­port for by far the most ef­fec­tive pub­lic trans­port modes, rail and bus.

Huge play is made of as­pi­ra­tions to re­duce in­equal­ity through fair­ness and in­clu­sion, yet de­ci­sions such as the Ed­in­burgh City Re­gion Deal and the con­cen­tra­tion of HMRC staff in new cen­tral Ed­in­burgh premises will only add to the over­heat­ing of the cap­i­tal, ev­i­denced by fast in­flat­ing prop­erty prices, while out­ly­ing re­gions such as Leven­mouth in coastal Fife are frozen out.

No ap­proval for new rail schemes has been taken for about 15 years, while fur­ther short-term road build­ing is merely adding to ever-grow­ing roads con­ges­tion.

Fail­ing to pro­vide mass-tran­sit ac­cess for the 50,000 peo­ple in the Leven­mouth catch­ment, eas­ily con­nected by re­open­ing a moth­balled five-mile stretch of rail line, not only de­nies eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity to our de­pressed com­mu­nity but will ex­ac­er­bate the eco­nomic and con­nec­tiv­ity prob­lem of the cap­i­tal. Stu­art Mcin­tosh. 68 Kirk­land Walk, Methil.

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