'Study expected to back case for new rail link'

Starlink convenor Jane Ann Liston said that the latest findings included several innovations and identified Cupar as one of the locations which would benefit from the better connections and suggested that the new Green Investment Bank, which has a remit to support green infrastructure projects, might be a source of funding. Patrick Laughlin, manager of the St Andrews Partnership, said that although a railway would be a long-term prospect rather than a ‘quick win’, there was ‘widespread community and business interest’ in the idea.

Courier cited two previous studies which were not so optimistic. However it should be noted that both of these were looking at a wider field than just St Andrews, with the FAST (Fife & South Tayside) exercise of 1999 including only a cursory look at the possibility and the subsequent Tay Estuary Rail Study only considering a Dundee-Leuchars-St Andrews service while ignoring the much greater demand for travel to Edinburgh and further south.