Levenmouth Rail Update

The Rail Component – Network Rail:   Network Rail has confirmed that the tendering process for the GRIP 3 stage of the Levenmouth project is proceeding which will see options developed for progression towards a single infrastructure option looking at exact llocation of stations, loops, crossings and other aspects). They expect to announce the GRIP 3 contract award before the end of the year.   LMRC is encouraged also that, recognising the importance and value of engaging with local communities, they hope to appoint a communication and liaison officer. Thus when the detailed studies commence, local communication and community activity will increase so we should gain a better idea of what is going on and how the community may be able to provide knowledge, expectations and possibly influence decisions.

The Levenmouth Blueprint Component:  Fife Council has readvertised for a Levenmouth Reconnected Blueprint Programme Manager  The Blueprint Programme is likely to cover both the additional ¬£10million funds from Scottish Govt and Fife Council but also aspects of the closely related River Leven Project connectivity component. The Vacancy ad tells us a little more about what is envisaged, looking for an 5 year fulltime appointment “to lead and deliver an effective, efficient and competent programme of activity and projects in support of the development and implementation of Levenmouth Reconnected Blueprint.  They are seeking a candidate with significant experience implementing large or organisation wide projects, with the ability to manage complex inter-related delivery plans.

Responsibilities include input to the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the Levenmouth Reconnected Blueprint with specialist tasks including:- Ensuring the successful implementation of the Levenmouth Reconnected Blueprint programme, working with both internal and external partners to identify, instigate, oversee and ensure reporting on contributing projects. Prioritising and identifying further opportunities for local and regional working which could include neighbouring local authorities, SUSTRANS, SEStran, SEPA, Visit Scotland, third sector, local businesses, etc.  Ensuring that the economic growth is realised in Levenmouth and the Mid-Fife area and communities in Fife through the planning, development and construction.