Historically there has been strong social, economic and family ties between Clackmannanshire and West Fife, but our current public transport system doesn’t reflect that. There is only one bus an hour between Dunfermline to Alloa, taking over an hour to complete its journey, and this seriously impacts people’s options for where the work or study or how people visit the area.
We’re living in a climate emergency and need to be exploring all options to get people out of private cars and onto low-carbon public transport. West Fife and Clackmannanshire also desperately need more investment in an area that has suffered from the closure of coal-based industries in recent years with no long-term planning for what would come next.
Network Rail are currently carrying out a study into electrifying the line from Alloa as far as Longannet, for use by a proposed train factory, but there’s no guarantee that passenger services will also run on the line and it’s not looking at joining up the service all the way to Dunfermline.
A rail line could transform local communities, making the area an attractive place to live and work, and allowing young people to stay in their communities instead of moving away for study or work. It could also prove to be a significant rail link for freight, taking thousands of diesel lorries off our road each year, reducing our emissions and making the air in our towns and villages cleaner for all.
We’re calling for Transport Scotland to urgently reopen the line for passengers, with the aim of a regular passenger service between Alloa and Dunfermline, and onward links to Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. To succeed, we need to demonstrate strong local support, so please sign this petition and we can send Transport Scotland a powerful message that we want the reopening of this line prioritised now.