Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification goes live: PA150014-2

Friday 26 Oct 2018

Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification goes live

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The public are being warned that overhead power cables on lines from Larbert through Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa will be live from Sunday, November 4.

Electrification work on the line will shortly enter its testing and safety validating process, which will enable the introduction of electric trains later this year.

With the overhead wires carrying 25,000 volts of electricity, a campaign is underway to highlight the new dangers an electrified railway poses to those who trespass on the tracks or accidentally make contact with overhead lines.

Iain McFarlane, Network Rail’s delivery director for the Stirling- Dunblane-Alloa electrification, said: “Energisation is an important phase of work to test and validate the new equipment and ensure it is operating as it should.  As well as ‘live testing’ the equipment, the energisation phase of the work is critical to ensuring the safe introduction of the electric trains that will operate on the route from December.

“Electrification also marks a significant change to the railway in terms of risk for those living or working nearby so it is important we do what we can to make people, particularly young people, aware of this change and encourage them to stay safe.

“Electric trains will be quieter and accelerate faster than the diesel ones they replace. The overhead power lines we have installed carry 25,000 volts of electricity – enough to kill anyone who comes into contact with them.”

As well as more than 40,000 safety leaflets being delivered through every door in lineside communities and messages online through social media, Network Rail has worked with industry partners in schools and through local groups to take the safety message into the classroom and into the community. 

Network Rail is working in partnership with the British Transport Police, Scottish Football Association and local council education departments across the area to deliver the rail safety message in fun, interactive and engaging formats.

Additionally, a range of resources is available to highlight the changes in an electrified railway including Rail Life; an initiative aimed at young people which provides teachers and parents with a range of resources on rail safety issues. Further information can be found at Rail Safety Resources

The electrification of central Scotland’s railway is part of the Scottish Government’s investment to modernise and upgrade our railway infrastructure. It will enable:

  • The introduction of class 385 electric trains which will offer a better travelling experience and reduce some journey times from Stirling to Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • More seats on services between Alloa, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Stirling to Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • A reduction of noise and better air quality for those who live and work near the railway


Notes to Editors

Notes to Editors

The first part of the electrification of the Stirling Dunblane Alloa route was in May 2018 between Greenhill, Polmont, Grangemouth and Larbert rail junctions. 

This followed on from the electrification of the main Edinburgh – Glasgow route in September 2017

Stirling Dunblane Alloa (SDA)

Across the 50km of the route, Network Rail has installed more than 2000 overhead line structures to carry more than 300km of overhead line wire

Scotland Route

From 2014 and by March 2019, Network Rail will have electrified 325kms of central Scotland’s railway network           

  • Glasgow – Cumbernauld
  • Edinburgh – Glasgow (via Falkirk High)
  • Grangemouth through Falkirk and Stirling to Alloa and Dunblane
  • Holytwon – Midcalder jcts (Shotts line)

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