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Look down the railtrack - Methil No More

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Look down the railtrack - Methil No More

Postby Methil No More » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:42 pm

Charlie and Craig - we need your help in your old county of Fife. We've been campaigning for years now to get the 5 mile stretch of railway line reopened from Thornton down to Levenmouth (Methil, Leven, Buckhaven and others). There are 38,000 people here on the Fife Coast - by far the largest settlement in Scotland with no rail link, despite the fact everything is in place. Since you sang about Methil back in the 1980s, the area has continued to go backwards. The highest levels of deprivation in Fife, the second largest secondary school in Scotland yet lousy connections and going backwards. Maybe that's why the Scottish Government doesn't hear us, despite a compelling case to reopen the line and everything in place (the line's still intact owned by Network Rail) - we are STILL left to rot, even after Letter to America. No other measure will bring about the positive transformation needed. We need `celebrity endorsement', we need prominent personalities to support our cause - we need effective political protest songs to rectify this burning social injustice (linked to other kinds of injustice - high unemployment, poor school attainment etc). How about a 2017 Letter to America equivalent? This is East Fife country but surely no competition with Hibs - we're all becoming part of the Edinburgh City Region even though it takes 2 hours by express bus. Anything you can do would be appreciated - we are serious and desperate. Contact the Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) if there is any prospect. many thanks and lang may yer lums reek.
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Re: Look down the railtrack - Methil No More

Postby Methil No More » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:32 pm

I would walk 500 miles - well it's 35 miles to Edinburgh and the only public transport we can use is `express bus' which can take up to 2 hours. So basically we'd need about 7 return journeys to cover the full distance, Just as well jobs and other opportunities are as plentiful in Levenmouth as when you protested all those decades ago (being sarcastic). We need your support again to draw attention to this serious gap. Meanwhile many bette-heeled communities continue to benefit from transport improvements :P
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Re: Look down the railtrack - Methil No More

Postby Methil No More » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:42 am

We're on our way from misery...to misery. The Edinburgh City Region Deal just announced has £140 million for transport (Edinburgh bypass, and West Edinburgh). NOTHING for the benighted folks of Fife, especially the Levenmouth rail link (it would cost £45 million to reopen the line). Basically it's everything for the capital and to hell with the rest. Have Craig and Charlie completely sold out to the metropolitan interests as to be indifferent to this exclusion? Scotland is fast imitating the ways to promote overdominance of London here back home. We need some modern protest song(s) to highlight this injustice. Most transport policy is also utterly regressive, promoting roads and air travel over polluting roads and air. If only there was an accepted voice of social justice...... or maybe you agree with what's going on?
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Re: Look down the railtrack - Methil No More

Postby Methil No More » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:43 am

"Your Scotland's story is worth just the same" or maybe not depending on where you actually happen to live. Scotland is fast replicating the UK in the overcentralisation of Edinburgh (and to some extent Glasgow) while some areas such as Levenmouth are struggling. For all to share in this growing economy, we need some investment in neglected areas such as Levenmouth - the rail-link would bring badly-needed opportunities such as the ability to work or study in Edinburgh which is not realistic at present since bus journey times can take 2 hours one-way. Who is speaking out for the excluded areas?
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