Local MSPs Bruce Crawford and Keith Brown have welcomed the news that accessibility improvements to Stirling Train station has been given the go ahead by Stirling Council.
The planning permission to replace the current lattice footbridge between platforms 6 and 9 has been approved for a fully accessible structure.
The footbridge will be closed from mid-August, whilst it is removed and a replacement temporary bridge is installed.
The overall project will include:
- Refurbishing and raising the footbridge for overhead wires to be installed
- Alterations to the roof canopy
- Installation of a lift on platform nine to provide step-free access
- Reconstruction of the staircase on platform nine
- Alterations to the internal landing areas between the footbridge and the existing lift on platform three.
The temporary, stepped footbridge – which is higher than the existing bridge so overhead power lines can be strung underneath – will be in use for around six months while the repairs and modifications take place. A crane will be required to lift the existing bridge out and to lift the new bridge in.
The exact dates of the closure of the bridge are currently being finalised. Details on the dates and timings of the bridge reinstatement will be communicated to nearby residents and station users closer to the time.
Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:
“These important works will ensure that Stirling Train Station has improved accessibility infrastructure, making sure that everyone can benefit from this important public transport system.
“I am pleased that this project has make such progress to date, and I look forward to its completion in coming months.”
Keith Brown MSP said:
“The accessibility of Platform 9 at Stirling Station has been a long running issue which I have worked with Network Rail and other partners to address.
“I’m delighted – as I am sure many of my constituents will be – that planning approval has now been granted and work can start to implement the improvements which will address the accessibility issues and ensure appropriate access for all rail users going forward.”