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10Feb94 UK: ACTION STATIONS AS FIFE SETS FORTH.

One of the first stages of the Scottish Office's £400 million Setting Forth infrastructure programme is set to begin with a £9 million investment approval for Fife Region.Scottish transport minister Lord James Douglas-Hamilton gave consent for the scheme which includes building three rail stations and buying four new Sprinter trains.The stations are to be built at Dysart, Dunfermline East and Dalgety Bay, where, it is hoped, construction will be funded by the private sector. The first is expected to open in March 1996.Although Lord James has yet to make a decision on whether a second Forth road crossing gets the go-ahead, environmental groups have accused the Scottish Office of preferring to build roads rather than reduce traffic congestion by improving public transport.Some cynical observers have commented that this latest move is designed as a sop to those protesting against the need for a second road bridge. This was at the heart of the original Setting Forth proposals. CONSTRUCTION NEWS