HOPES of bringing a train manufacturing hub and 1,000 jobs to Longannet remain on track, according to one MP.

Douglas Chapman met with bosses from the Spanish company Talgo in the past week to discuss their bid progress.

He held meetings with Sir Simon Hughes, UK strategic adviser to Talgo, as well as Jon Veitch, Talgo's key account manager for the UK and Ireland, and was buoyed by the plans.

Mr Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, said: "I was very impressed with what both Sir Simon Hughes and Jonathan Veitch told me about how their bids for major rail contracts have progressed since the last time we spoke and their hopes to have Kincardine-built trains exported worldwide as rail travel demand grows.

"Talgo certainly has an impressive résumé, having supplied trains around the world, but winning these contracts would really allow it to put its stamp on the UK market.

"If substantial contracts are awarded to Talgo it would be a huge boost for manufacturing in Scotland and great news for young people with an eye on a career in engineering."

It is understood Talgo is bidding to supply the rolling stock for the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway south of the border; the size and scale of the factory could be influenced by the outcome of that process.

The Dumferline and West Fife MP added: "The closure of the power station was a bitter blow when the decision was made to close it, but the creation of 1,000 new high quality jobs would give the communities such as Kincardine, Culross and Valleyfield a real confidence boost."

As previously highlighted by the Advertiser, should Talgo land a large contract, it could be a major boost to the bid to reopen the Alloa to Dunfermline line to passengers as trains would need to be tested on upgraded, electrified lines.

It was announced in November last year that the Spanish company had selected the old power station site as preferred base to build a range of trains as part of £40million investment plans.

Talgo currently provides high-speed trains across the world including in Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan and the west coast of Canada.

The Spanish firm hopes to establish itself in the UK market, but faces stiff competition from the likes of manufacturing giants Hitachi and Siemens for large contracts.

If Talgo is successful it could bring more than 1,000 jobs to Kincardine and the surrounding areas.

Efforts to reopen the passenger line have been consistently backed by the Advertiser and championed by Green MSP Mark Ruskell, who recently held town hall meetings to garner interest and generate ideas in Alloa and further afield.