The Scottish Government is to take forward the reopening of the rail link to Levenmouth to the next stage of development.
The prospective opening will go forward through the rail projects pipeline to allow detailed design work to be carried out. Current estimates suggest construction and preparation costs of around £70 million, with a timeline to be established as the detailed design work progresses.
With a population of 37,600, campaigners say Levenmouth is the largest urban area in Scotland not directly served by rail. The reopening would use the mothballed 5.5-mile link from Thornton, on the Edinburgh to Dundee main line.
The proposed link would have stops in Leven and Cameron Bridge, and would be combined with improved bus services as well as cycling and walking facilities. The journey time from Leven to Edinburgh is estimated to be 70-75 minutes.