Bridge of Allan railway station

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Bridge of Allan

Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Ailein[1]
National Rail
Bridge of Allan railway station, Sterling. View from the road overbridge.jpg
The station after electrification, looking south towards Stirling
LocationBridge of Allan, Stirling
Coordinates56°09′24″N 3°57′26″W / 56.1566°N 3.9573°W / 56.1566; -3.9573Coordinates: 56°09′24″N 3°57′26″W / 56.1566°N 3.9573°W / 56.1566; -3.9573
Grid referenceNS785977
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeBEA
Original companyScottish Central Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Key dates
22 May 1848[2]Original station opened
1 November 1965[2]Original station closed to passengers
13 May 1985[2]New station opened to the south of the original site
2015/16Increase 0.279 million
2016/17Decrease 0.271 million
2017/18Increase 0.289 million
2018/19Increase 0.291 million
2019/20Increase 0.292 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Bridge of Allan railway station is a railway station located in the town of Bridge of Allan, north of Stirling, Scotland. It lies between Stirling and Dunblane on the Highland Main Line, Glasgow to Aberdeen Line and Edinburgh to Dunblane Line.


The station in 1974

The original station, built by the Scottish Central Railway, was situated to the north of the A9 road and opened on 22 May 1848.[2] The small station yard on the east (southbound) side of the line, long disused, has been used for new residential accommodation, and the old station house also remains in residential use. On 1 November 1965[2] the station was closed.

The new station, immediately to the south of the A9, was opened on 13 May 1985.[2] This has allowed better facilities for car parking to be provided. Reopening by British Rail followed an increase in population and employment in the area, partly due to the relatively new University of Stirling situated to the east of Bridge of Allan.


It is served by three trains per hour in each direction to Stirling and Dunblane. Southbound trains continue to either Edinburgh Waverley (half-hourly) or Glasgow Queen Street (hourly, with some peak extras).[3] A limited number of northbound trains continue beyond Dunblane to either Dundee or Inverness. On Sundays, there is an hourly service in each direction on the Edinburgh to Dunblane route but there are no direct trains to/from Glasgow.

Train services are operated by ScotRail, consisting mainly of Class 385, Class 170 and occasionally a Class 43. The station is equipped with a passenger information system and waiting shelters.

Electrification of the Edinburgh–Dunblane line took place in 2018, which resulted in the DMUs used on this line being replaced by electric rolling stock.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stirling   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Dunblane Line
Stirling   Abellio ScotRail
Croy Line
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  Scottish Central Railway
Caledonian Railway
Line and Station open



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Butt 1995, p. 43.
  3. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 230


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.

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