Former railway yard supports work to reinstate Levenmouth rail link: Sleepers at Thornton Yard in Fife

Monday 24 May 2021

Former railway yard supports work to reinstate Levenmouth rail link

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Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

Network Rail has taken delivery of sixteen thousand sleepers that will form part of the new Levenmouth Rail link.

The sleepers have been delivered to and are being stored in Thornton Yard, to the west of the branch line, ahead of major work to deliver the project from early 2022.

The sleepers were delivered over a four-week period with a proportion of the former shunting yard being given over to storing the components while the old rails are lifted and cleared and the new railway formation is created.

As well as reinstating 19 single track kilometres of railway, the Levenmouth project will create new stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge and offer two trains an hour into Edinburgh with one each way via Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy respectively.

Joe Mulvenna, Network Rail project manager said: “Often space is at a premium around our work sites but the proximity of Thornton Yard has given us the opportunity to start to assemble materials we will need during the build.

“it is a real positive that this former railway site is playing a role in supporting the work to reconnect Leven back onto the mainline network.

“Although we are very much still in a planning and development phase, the arrival of the sleepers to site is another tangible sign of the progress we are making on the project.”

You can find out more about the work by visiting the projects section of the Scotland’s Railway web site or if you have any comments or questions, you can call our 24hr national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or email

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