Optimism at St Andrews rail link feasibility study [BBC News]

Date: 12/05/2012

Campaigners calling for the restoration of a direct rail link to St Andrews have welcomed a new report suggesting the line could be reinstated for £76m. Lobby group Starlink have said that an hourly service, introduced between the Fife town and Edinburgh, would pay for itself. They maintain that a rail link would help boost the town's tourism numbers and reduce traffic on the A91. The line to St Andrews was closed in 1969.

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Campaigners calling for the restoration of a direct rail link to St Andrews welcome the findings of a new feasibility study.

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Formerly Leuchars Junction, the current Leuchars Station is seen looking north on 19 May 2005. The infilled bay was used by trains serving St Andrews and the Fife coast route. The St Andrews branch finally closed in 1969.
Location: Leuchars
Company: Edinburgh and Northern Railway
19/05/2005 John Furnevel
The western approach to St Andrews station seen from a DMU in the early summer of 1967, two years before the line's closure. This was the second St Andrews station with the first, a short distance north west of here, replaced in 1887 when the line from Leuchars was extended south. Buses are visible at the top of Station Road with the spire of Hope Park Church beyond. For the same view 44 years later [see image 34391]
Location: St Andrews [2nd]
Company: St Andrews Junction Line (North British Railway)
//1967 Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven)
J37 No 64569 meets a photographic scrum at the south end of St Andrews station during the 1965 RCTS Fife Coast railtour. The J37 had taken over from No 256 Glen Douglas at Leuchars Junction and took the train round the Fife Coast line before handing back to no 256 at Thornton Junction.
Location: St Andrews [2nd]
Company: Anstruther and St Andrews Railway
28/08/1965 G W Robin

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