Stirling station impression

UK: Luddon Construction is to begin work on a £5m modernisation of Stirling station on July 18.

ScotRail will manage the project, which is scheduled to be completed by spring 2023. Funding is being provided by the Scottish government through Sustrans and by Stirling Council, Network Rail and Serco.

The scope includes refurbishment of the station entrance canopy, creating a pedestrianised plaza around the station, improved waiting facilities and new public toilets. There will be a Cyclepoint with 150 additional cycle parking spaces, a small maintenance area and enhanced facilities for electric bikes.

The station forecourt is to be pedestrianised and taxis relocated to the city centre, with new cycle routes to provide improved active travel links to the city and wider area including the university campus.

‘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’, said David Lister, ScotRail’s Safety, Engineering & Sustainability Director, on July 13. ‘Not only will the completed project foster an active travel culture by encouraging cycling, walking and wheeling, it will also promote rail travel as we maintain our aim of delivering more sustainable transport options.’

Scotland’s Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said ’our aim is to encourage more people from the Stirling area to want to travel by train while also choosing more sustainable ways to get to and from the station whether that is by bus, walking, wheeling or cycling. We also want to drive local economic benefits by encouraging more people to visit Stirling by rail.’