What our supporters say:

I would be very happy to endorse the STARLINK campaign in what ever way I can and would wish you well,’ - Andrew Hajducki, The St Andrews Railway (November 2015)

‘It would be so pleasant to return again to the old grey town [St Andrews] by train, as I did countless times when I was an undergraduate at the University there,’ -
Rt. Hon. Sir George Reid, former MP, MSP & Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (September 2015)

‘Following the success of the revived Borders Railway, I send renewed greetings to the campaign to re-open the line to St Andrews.’ -
Lord Steel of Aikwood, former MP, MSP & Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (September 2015)

'As a supporter of re-instating the railway line to St Andrews, I cannot understand why this has not gone ahead.' - Irene Gow (September 2015)

How valuable the link to St Andrews would have been today ... given the growth in demand which has led to the need to spend billions on Scotland’s roads.’ - Lord Faulkner of Worcester (November 2014)

‘There's a consensus that St Andrews should never have left the rail network in 1969. The permanent population is not large, at around 17000, but it's a university town on the outer edge of Edinburgh commuter territory, and home to major golf tournaments, factors that add considerably to the case for reinstatement.’ - David Henshaw, The Great Railway Conspiracy (3rd ed.) (March 2013)

'Have just spent an interesting few days in St Andrews. It certainly seems ludicrous that such a sizeable town, with its huge dependence on students, golfers and tourists, should have lost its rail connection. The bus interchange at Leuchars is quite well organised, but still involves crossing a very exposed footbridge. Some sort of direct rail service from both Edinburgh and Dundee is certainly desirable.’ -
Alan Findlay, Dores, Inverness (February 2013)

‘During our recent visit to St Andrews from the States we were surprised by the traffic and congestion in the area – it was up to the American level. There were no rail options available to us.’ - Dr Susan Slater, Chicago, Illinois (December 2012)

‘Vital link for St Andrews tourist industry … the train link would be more convenient for many people who visit or work in St Andrews; [the interchange at] Leuchars frankly just doesn’t work.’ - Moreen Anderson, Melbourne (formerly St Andrews) (April 2011)

‘Good luck with your fight for a rail line into St Andrews. It can’t come soon enough.’ - A.L., Mid Scotland & Fife (March 2011)

‘Reinstating the railway to St Andrews would be only commonsense. Trains would be most convenient for our visitors, not to mention the staff. You simply cannot get four golf-bags and their owners into one car.’ - Kevin Keenan, General Manager, Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews (January 2010)

‘A railway would be a great benefit to St Andrews.’ - Stephen Owen, General Manager, Rufflets Country House Hotel (December 2009)

‘As far as I can see, it wouldn’t be too difficult to re-open the line between Leuchars and St Andrews … the actual layout of it, I would think best suited to a branch in the Seggiehill area, through the fields, across the main Dairsie-Guardbridge road (using a bridge or tunnel), heading south east behind the extremities of Guardbridge, then heading east up to St Andrews. I think a halt where the rugby pitches are beside the Old Course Hotel would keep everyone happy!’ - Trackside worker at Leuchars, Network Rail (November 2009)

‘In the mid-1980s it was said that the case for re-opening St Andrews was stronger than that for Bathgate.’ - former B.R. employee, Dunfermline (November 2009)

'Why is it that such a huge tourist resort and centre of learning [St Andrews] has only a bus service through to Leuchars junction?' - Professor Christopher Harvie, former MSP (October 2009)

‘I would love to see a train service to St Andrews.’ - Professor Louise Richardson, former Principal, University of St Andrews (August 2009)

A light railway would help to connect Leuchars and St Andrews in a way which would benefit both.’ - David Middleton, Planning Convener, St Andrews Preservation Trust (February 2009)

‘There are a number of ‘missing links’ in the public transport system – notably the lack of a direct rail link into St Andrews ... the lack of a main rail link may encourage higher use of private transport means.’ - St Andrews & East Fife Local Plan Environmental Statement, Fife Council (2009)

‘Bring back the railway line.’ - Judy Gillespie, St Andrews (letter to the St Andrews Citizen, January 2009)

‘As a former University of St Andrews student I completely agree with the need for a rail link.’ - David M. Kinnen, Coventry (August 2008)

‘I commend you on all the work and time you are spending on trying to bring a rail-line back to St Andrews. How short-sighted were they to discontinue it in the first place! I am looking to retire to Scotland. I have been to St Andrews and would like to retire there. However, without a rail-link, it is not as advantageous for an older citizen to travel, especially to Edinburgh. I do not relish sitting at the bus station in Leuchars when the East wind blows off the North Sea in winter!’ - Kurt Rosenberg, Portland, Oregon (August 2008)

‘I agree that this rail link should be re-instated; as a visitor to the town for many years, it would be easier to transfer luggage from one train to another instead of having to haul it over the bridge to the taxi or bus ranks … visitors (tourists) are the ones who bring the wealth into the area, therefore a direct link to the town would be beneficial to everybody plus making it easier to access the town.’ - I.C. (July 2008)

‘I have never understood why St Andrews let its railway go so easily.’ - former B.R. employee, Helensburgh (July 2008)

‘In 1972-3 my family lived in st Andrews and as a teenager I was saddened to see the remains of the old station demolished that year. The sense of outrage at the recent loss of such an attractive means of transport galvanized a personal and professional interest in public transportation - especially railway - which has stayed with me to this day … I heartily support your campaign and wish you every success.’ -
Marcus Garnet, LPP, Vice-President, Transport 2000 Atlantic, Nova Scotia, Canada (June 2008)

‘I’m an Edinburgh resident and I was shocked to find there is no train station in St Andrews. I wish your campaign every success.’ -
Kirsten Hey, Edinburgh (June 2008)

‘As a recognised tourist attraction the town deserves the best possible transport links, On environmental grounds greater emphasis should be placed on rail travel. A rail ticket marked London to St Andrews would surely tempt many foreign travellers.’ – Chancellor Rt. Hon. Sir Menzies Campbell, University of St Andrews, former MP (November 2004)

‘I have long supported the idea of restoring a rail link to St Andrews. The Open was a good illustration of the necessity for such a link. It would constitute a considerable improvement on the rail/bus interchange and the clogged roads that golf fans, tourists and local residents have to put up with at the moment.’ –
Iain Smith, former MSP (November 2004)

‘St Andrews is not the easiest place to get into, with no main motorway nor rail links coming directly into town. Stuck out at the eastern edge of the Kingdom of Fife it is at the back-of-beyond in global communications terms.’ –
article in Scotrail's Outlook magazine (June 2000)

‘St Andrews is getting overwhelmed by the cars of visitors, students and locals. A railway line would improve the situation and allow passengers to bypass the traffic jams that happen at big events.’ – Railfuture Scotland

‘I support calls for a feasibility study into restoring the St Andrews railway.’ -
Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP MP, former First Minister (November 1992)

‘[Closing] the line from Leuchars to St Andrews [was] a monstrous abolition.’ -
the late Professor David Daiches

‘St Andrews suffers from bad transport links ... it has never been the same since the railway went.’ –
John Purvis, former MEP

‘It would be tremendous if by the time the Open Championship next returns to St Andrews, we were able to announce the confirmation that "The Home of Golf" will once again have a direct rail link.’ –
Patrick Laughlin, Manager, St Andrews Partnership