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    MSP criticises lack of Alloa rail plans

    Written by on September 13, 2019

    A lack of plans to extend the rail line east of Alloa has been criticised by a Forth Valley MSP.

    Proposals to bring back the Alloa to Dunfermline line were not included in Nicola Sturgeon’s latest Programme for Government.

    Public meetings have been taking place over the last few months, gathering public opinion on the move.

    Mark Ruskell says there’s a line already in place – so less work would be required:

    “Following the recent announcement to reopen the Levenmouth line, it’s a significant missed opportunity to not extend this commitment to re-open the rail line from Alloa all the way to Dunfermline.

    “The government have committed £6billion to just two road projects [dualling the A9 and the A96] – that money could buy 86 new rail projects like Levenmouth, take thousands of freight lorries off our roads each year and open up Clackmannanshire to more low-carbon investment and jobs.”