Friday 17 Nov 2017
Dunblane community can drop-in to find out more about railway work
Network Rail is offering people the chance to ‘drop-in’ to find out more about work to electrify the railway lines from Stirling to Dunblane Station.
Piling work will be on-going between the Kippenross Tunnel and Dunblane Station throughout January 2018, starting from Monday January 8 and the local community is being invited to come along to an informal event at the Dunblane Centre to meet the team, learn more about the work and ask any questions about the project.
The night-time piling work creates the foundations that provide the base for the overhead electrification masts, which will be erected later in the programme. This phase of work has the potential to be noisy and disruptive. In order to deliver the work safely and maintain train operations on the line, there is no option other than to do this work at night.
The work is part of the electrification of the railway from Grangemouth and Falkirk, through Stirling to Alloa and Dunblane which will enable, longer, faster, greener modern electric trains. The project is being delivered by Network Rail on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Tuesday, November 28 4pm – 7pm,
the Dunblane Centre, Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EY
If you can’t make it along to the event, you can email questions to SDAelectrification@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24hr national helpline on 03457 11 41 41
The electrification project also includes bridge works at Perth Road in Dunblane and Kerse Road in Stirling, and enhancements to station platforms at Falkirk Grahamston, Larbert and Camelon with work on the phase of the project set for completion in 2019
Electrification of the line from Falkirk through Stirling to Dunblane and Alloa is part of the wider rolling programme of electrification across the central belt. It builds on the recent completion of electrification between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High, the Cumbernauld line, the redevelopment of Edinburgh’s Haymarket station and the completion of the Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.