The Scottish Government has pledged to consider plans to reopen a defunct Fife railway line that covers a six-mile stretch of track between Leven and Thornton.
The commitment by Transport Minister Keith Brown is the clearest signal yet that the campaign to reinstate the Levenmouth rail link is back on track.
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition, and while Mr Brown has not guaranteed any Scottish Government funding for the project, his comments have prompted Fife Council to look at updating the 2008 strategic transport appraisal report for the link at a cost of 100,000 the next step in taking the proposal forward.
The minister has agreed that Transport Scotland officials will help with the preparation of the report.
Campaigners have hailed it as a significant step forward.