The project builds on work already undertaken by the NTSG and focusses on improving links to and from Perth, Edinburgh and Fife. It follows the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG).
The first stage in the process was to prepare an evidence-based ‘Pre-Appraisal’ (Initial Appraisal: Case for Change). This collated relevant socio-demographic and transport information for the study area, developed specific Transport Planning Objectives (TPOs) for the wider study, and collated an initial list of potential interventions that might address the identified problems and opportunities.
The next stage of the STAG process the ‘Initial Appraisal’, which was completed in December 2020. This evaluated the potential interventions in more detail by qualitatively assessing them against the five STAG criteria of Environments, Economy, Safety, Integration and Accessibility/Social Inclusion. The appraisal also considers the options in the context of Feasibility, Affordability, and Public Acceptability.
In March 2014 SYSTRA was commissioned by a Client Group comprising SEStran, Tactran, Fife Council and Perth & Kinross Council to complete a feasibility study of potential new station openings at Oudenarde and/or Newburgh in the Fife Council and Perth & Kinross Council areas.The study aimed to update the previous considerations of the business case for these two new stations (Oudenarde had previously been considered by WS Atkins in 2005, while Newburgh had been considered by WS Atkins in 2005 and by Deltix in 20111).
MVA Consultancy was appointed by South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council in 2012 to undertake further analysis with respect to the potential introduction of a new Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed local train service, together with the re-opening of stations at East Linton in East Lothian, and Reston in the Scottish Borders.
This report is the latest in a succession of studies which have considered new rail services in East Lothian and the eastern Borders.
This study therefore closely follows on from a previous study ‘Feasibility Study: Enhanced Rail Services between Edinburgh and Newcastle ’ undertaken for Transport Scotland and published in September 2011 (the ’2011 Study’), and considers in more detail the case for Edinburgh to Berwick train services only.
SEStran, Fife Council and Clackmannanshire Council appointed Scott Wilson to carry out a STAG – based study, examining freight and passenger transport connectivity issues between Clackmannanshire, Fife and Edinburgh.
The study considered a wide range of possibilities for transport enhancement, for both public transport and freight. An analysis of the key transport and travel patterns on the strategic network was undertaken.
Key issues involving both passenger and freight transport in the area were reviewed and also possible future development plans that could impact on transport were considered.
Due to the physical size of the study it has been broken into three sections which may be accessed below:
South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) appointed Scott Wilson to carry out a STAG–based study to appraise proposals for improving services to the Levenmouth area. This report sets out the results of a STAG Part 2 Appraisal of potential opportunities for improving public transport in the Levenmouth area.