What I am considering is a loop that just after Leuchars would go to St Andrews and then come back, I have seen this proposed before.
STARLink are the pressure group in St Andrews campaigning for a station and they've proven before that they don't have the faintest clue about railways
They should put it back in the Argyle Street carpark a line out on either side. One goes straight up the Cannongate (unlucky residents), and the other around the Old Course Hotel. Bish bosh bash rail link done.True.
For a start, where is the land in St Andrews for a nine coach train to sit? (esp given property prices anywhere near the centre)
Wouldn't it make more sense to have a branch line to St Andrews that is covered by local services to Edinburgh? EC or whoever in the future could always run terminating services during the Open when it visits St Andrews, but otherwise I just don't think there's enough of a case.
They should put it back in the Argyle Street carpark a line out on either side. One goes straight up the Cannongate (unlucky residents), and the other around the Old Course Hotel. Bish bosh bash rail link done.
I'm not convinced the Argyle St car park is long enough
.....like it was in 1958 when the family lived in Leuchars. In those days the station was called Leuchars Junction. We used to catch the train to St. Andrews for days out in the summer. Little choo-choo puff and three or four coaches. I don't recall the train going any further than Leuchars on the return, as far as I can remember (I was only 8 and I'm 62 now) the train was just a branch shuttle with one station in between at Guardbridge.
Optimism at St Andrews rail link feasibility study
Campaigners calling for the restoration of a direct rail link to St Andrews have welcomed a new report suggesting the line could be reinstated for £76m.
Lobby group Starlink have said that an hourly service, introduced between the Fife town and Edinburgh, would pay for itself.
They maintain that a rail link would help boost the town's tourism numbers and reduce traffic on the A91.
The line to St Andrews was closed in 1969.
Campaigners believe that it would be feasible to introduce an hourly service to Edinburgh, reaching Cupar in 10 minutes, Dunfermline in 49 minutes and the Edinburgh Airport interchange in 69 minutes.
A half-hourly service to Dundee, arriving at Leuchars in six minutes, Dundee in 20, and including a stop at Wormit, would also prove popular, the feasibility study suggested.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said further studies would have to be carried out before the project could move forward.
He added: "The proposals must be discussed with the local regional transport partnership, SEStran, and a STAG appraisal considering all transport options, not just rail, must be carried out."
Brief mention on BBC Scotland News tonight
It sounds like an extension of the current Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath all-stops service to St Andrews, plus a half hourly St A - Dundee service?
I'm not sure how they plan to get from St A to Cupar in only ten minutes when they'd presumably need to go via Leuchars (and reverse there)?
And "Edinburgh Airport interchange"? Is that a posh rebranding for Inverkeithing (where the Stagecoach bus to the Airport leaves)?
Yet more QANGO feasibility studies, yet more expense, no doubt...
You wouldn't want to extend the Cowdenbeath trains to St Andrews - for a start, all they do is run to the siding, change ends and head back at the moment anyway. Secondly, running via Cowdenbeath is the slow way. Surely it would make more sense to divert some of the current Dundee trains there, or, even better, run a shuttle.
I only mentioned the Cowdenbeath terminators as my reading of the article suggested that these were the ones that the STARLINK people were wanting to run to St A (hence mentioning a time to Dunfermline in the press release).
It would be a slow way of getting from St Andrews to Edinburgh, but maybe (if I've read their plans correctly?) they were thinking that doing it this way would avoid the need to run additional services over the Forth Bridge - since there is effectively no spare capacity south of Inverkeithing)?
Since they talked about doubling the number of services at Cupar I presumed that this was in addition to the current Edinburgh - Dundee "semi fast". Maybe I'm reading things wrong though, dunno.
A Leuchars shuttle sounds by far the best option (unless they are going to provide space for a nine coach HST to sit at St Andrews on a double track line)