Starlink newsletter published
Support grows, and so does our online presence
Since the last letter, there have
been encouraging contacts made with Scotrail, Network
Rail, TayPlan, SESTRAN, the Minister for Transport
and Fife Council. All are agreed that the next stage
is for the proposal to be evaluated according to the
Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG). In
addition, the Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community
Council and Railfuture Scotland have continued to
actively promote the campaign.
However, the pressure has to be kept up, especially upon Transport Scotland, SESTRAN and Fife Council. To that end, as well as our website:, we now have a Facebook page:
where we are garnering ‘likes’ to
demonstrate that a new St Andrews Railway enjoys
With St Andrews having just endured
its quinquennial ‘blessing’ of hosting the Open
Championship, the shortcomings of the transport
infrastructure have been clear for all to see. But a
railway is not just for the Open; the primary reason
for reconnecting with the network is to improve the
economic connectivity of St Andrews, enabling it to
spread prosperity throughout the east of Scotland. As
a tourist destination, University town, historical
centre and the Home of Golf, the town is a huge
magnet for visitors and an employment hub. That is
why it is so essential that the railway be built, as
an efficient and environmentally-friendly way of
enabling people to reach it.
There have also been useful discussions with veterans of the successful campaign for the Stirling-Alloa re-opening, carrying many more passengers than predicted. It should be borne in mind that the proposed St Andrews rail link is not a mere branch line but an important extension of the east coast main line, with the potential to also enable west-east travel from Glasgow via Stirling, Alloa, Dunfermline to St Andrews.
This is an excellent opportunity to build upon the success of the Airdrie-Bathgate and afore-mentioned Stirling-Alloa services, as well as the forthcoming Edinburgh-Tweedbank line, already being promoted by VisitScotland:
including the promise of steam
Think what a similar service could mean to such a major destination as St Andrews!
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