Local Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford and Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP Keith Brown have welcomed improvements for accessibility at Stirling Train Station.
The footbridge between platforms 2 and 3 was jacked up successfully at Christmas, with temporary steps, ramps and handrails installed until full repair and refurbishment works are completed.
Following a review of the design proposals with Stirling Council, Network Rail have announced that an agreement has now been reached to convert the existing lattice footbridge into a fully accessible structure. This allows the retention of the heritage elements of the footbridge and station whilst ensuring Stirling Station is fit for the future. A temporary stepped footbridge is to be in use for around six months from summer 2018 while the existing footbridge is taken away for repair and modification.
Network Rail says that the planning application for the platform 6/9 footbridge is likely to be submitted around Easter.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“These measures will make a significant difference in addressing issues of accessibility at Stirling Train Station. I am glad that Network Rail are working to make rail travel easier for people with mobility requirements.
“I look forward to further updates as these plans progress over the course of the next few months.”
Keith Brown added:
“This has been a long running issue at Stirling railway station that has been raised with me by constituents. However, I’m very pleased to see these changes which will address these accessibility issues and ensure appropriate access for all rail users going forward.”