Friday 7 Apr 2006


Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Train passengers in the Dunblane area are set to benefit from smoother, more reliable journeys thanks to a £1.2 million investment in the railway. Network Rail is spending the cash to renew 1,762 yards of track at Kippenross from this month. The work will include replacing the rail, ballast and sleepers to ensure the long-term integrity of the track and bring more comfortable train journeys for passengers. David Simpson, Route Director, said: “Passengers will really feel the benefit when the work is complete, with smoother journeys and more reliable train services. Our experienced team will be working in shifts around the clock to keep the short-term disruption to a minimum. “This investment is part of our ongoing commitment to Scotland’s railways. It will ensure the future of the railway and reduce the need for maintenance.” The renewals will take place from the Mill O’Keir Viaduct to the Allanwater Viaduct, passing through the station at Dunblane. Preparation for the renewals will begin from Saturday 8 April. The nature of the work means the line will be closed from Friday 28 April and re-opened in time for normal services to resume on Thursday 4 May. Letters have already been sent to residents in the area to inform them of the work. Network Rail is working closely with First ScotRail, which has organised alternative transport for affected services. Passengers can contact National Rail Enquiries for the latest information on: 08457 48 49 50.

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