Local MP Alyn Smith Tours Redevelopment
The re-development of Stirling’s much loved rail station continues apace, as plans are rolled out for the almost £5 million transformation of infrastructure and facilities.
Local MP Alyn Smith toured the site with John McDonald, Senior Project Manager and Iain Hall, External Relations Manager to hear more about the huge upgrade, which includes:
- The creation of a pedestrianised plaza around the station, as well as the current station forecourt – creating a new car park entrance T-junction from Burghmuir Road
- Refurbishment of the station entrance canopy
- New public toilets and improved customer waiting facilities on platforms 2 and 3
- The creation of a Cyclepoint with an additional 150 cycle parking spaces – as well as a small maintenance area – helping to enhance the e-bike offering on the station forecourt.
The station refurbishment works are scheduled to be completed by spring 2023, and will link with new cycle paths and routes connecting both the local university and college.
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘This redevelopment project is a huge boost for Stirling’s visitors and commuters, and stands testament to the importance of good public transport infrastructure in our race to net-zero. I was particularly impressed with the integrated works to the surrounding cityscape, ensuring Stirling Rail Station remains interconnected and accessible to a whole range of users and transport options.
‘This transformative project is a fantastic vote of confidence in the future of rail, not just here in Stirling but for the whole of Scotland. To meet our net-zero plans, rail and other public transport options have an integral part to play in how we build sustainable transport systems. I’d like to thank Scotrail in particular for the work they’ve put in to engage with partners and keep the public informed, and look forward to seeing the site again once works are complete.’
John MacDonald, Senior Project Manager said:
‘This is an exciting development which will modernise Stirling station with a more people-focused entrance as well as enhancing the area around the station. Not only will the completed project foster an active travel culture by encouraging cycling, walking, and wheeling, it will also promote train travel as we maintain our aim of delivering more sustainable transport options.
‘The improvements for pedestrians and cyclists will make a positive contribution to meeting the Scottish Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2045.’
Attached is a picture of Alyn Smith MP, with John MacDonald (far left) and local project leaders.