Dunfermline and Alloa are only 14 miles apart, but to get a train between them would take two hours and two changes. Incredibly, there is already a Dunfermline to Alloa railway connection sitting unused. It runs via Kincardine and the Forth coast and used to be used for freight deliveries to the Longannet power station.
We’re calling for the reopening the line to passenger services to restore public transport links between Fife and Clackmannanshire, and radically improve local public transport options.
It could open up the area for tourists, provide affordable, quick and low-carbon commuting for local people, and increase opportunities for studying at the region’s colleges and Stirling University.
Please sign the petition and together we can show Transport Scotland that local communities want this line re-opened urgently.
Feasibility work is underway to electrify the line from Alloa to Longannet, for a proposed electric train factory, but there’s no firm commitment yet to a passenger service on the route, and no plans for the eastern section from Longannet to Dunfermline.
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. The Scottish Greens recently published a £22bn Rail for All programme to transform our network in Scotland, and the Dunfemline to Alloa line is a key link in this low-carbon project.
A rail line could transform local communities like Clackmannan village, 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.. Please sign this petition and we can send Transport Scotland a powerful message that we want the reopening of this line prioritised now.