Stirling railway station (Scotland)

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Stirling National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Sruighlea[1]
Stirling railway station, frontage, Scotland.jpg
The station frontage
Local authorityStirling
Coordinates56°07′12″N 3°56′06″W / 56.1201°N 3.9351°W / 56.1201; -3.9351Coordinates: 56°07′12″N 3°56′06″W / 56.1201°N 3.9351°W / 56.1201; -3.9351
Grid referenceNS797935
Station codeSTG
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms7
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 2.260 million
2014/15Increase 2.416 million
2015/16Increase 2.442 million
2016/17Decrease 2.338 million
– Interchange  0.285 million
2017/18Increase 2.503 million
– Interchange Increase 0.343 million
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory A
Entry numberLB41131[3]
Added to list3 February 1978
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stirling from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Stirling railway station is a railway station located in Stirling, Scotland. It is located on the former Caledonian Railway main line between Glasgow and Perth. It is the junction for the branch line to Alloa and Dunfermline via Kincardine and is also served by trains on the Edinburgh to Dunblane Line and long distance services to Dundee & Aberdeen and to Inverness via the Highland Main Line.


Dundee - Edinburgh express in 1957

Stirling was first connected to the Scottish Central Railway in 1848. Lines were subsequently opened by the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway in 1853, and by the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway to Balloch Central three years later. Through services to/from the Callander and Oban Railway also served the station from 1870. The current station buildings were opened in 1916 following a major rebuild by the Caledonian Railway. They have undergone several refurbishments (with minor layout changes), the most recent change being the installation of lifts to enable better access to the footbridge linking Platform 2 with Platforms 3 to 8. The line to Balloch lost its passenger services in 1934 and closed as a through route in 1942, although the section from Stirling to Port of Menteith remained open for freight until 1959. The main line from Stirling to Dunfermline was not scheduled for closure under the Beeching Axe, but it was nevertheless closed in 1968. It has since been partly reopened as far as Alloa (see below). Oban services via the C&O line ended with the Beeching cuts in 1965, and the main terminus in Glasgow for services from Stirling changed from the former C.R. station at Buchanan Street to Queen Street the following year.

A Motorail service ran between London and Stirling until 1989.[4]


The station building was constructed in 1915 by James Miller, and is listed by Historic Environment Scotland as a Category A listed building.[5] His design continues the circular spaces and flowing curves of his celebrated Wemyss Bay station.

In 2008, the travel centre was refurbished to improve disabled access, including power-assisted entrance doors, a wheelchair-accessible counter, and improved customer information systems. In 2009, a shelter was erected on Platforms 9 and 10, and LED display boards replaced the CRT screens, including new displays for Platforms 9 and 10 and the bay Platforms 7 and 8. (Up to c.1988, a large flip-dot display was located above the main concourse; this was removed and the space filled in with a large "Welcome to Stirling Station" sign.) From December 2009, automated announcements were provided, replacing the manual announcements made from the supervisor's office on Platform 3. In 2013, a new public address system was installed.[6]

The station houses a Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) from the British Transport Police. Currently two officers work from Stirling and cover Stirling, Alloa, Bridge of Allan, Camelon, Dunblane, Falkirk High, Falkirk Grahamston and Larbert.

The Stirling Area Command of the Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland cover the territorial area the Stirling NPT cover and will assist when the BTP officers are not available.


Class 170s are used on many services at Stirling
The station during electrification works

Trains operate north to Dunblane (three trains per hour), to Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen (hourly), Inverness (four trains per day), south west to Glasgow Queen Street (three trains per hour), and east to Edinburgh Waverley (half-hourly).[7] The service to Alloa and Dunfermine was withdrawn in October 1968, but the reopening of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail link partially restored that service with an hourly service from Glasgow to Alloa as an extension of the Croy Line services. This utilises the existing DMU from Glasgow, which previously spent considerable time in one of the bay platforms at Stirling with engines idling, but now utilises the layover time to make the return trip to & from Alloa.

Most services are operated by Abellio ScotRail; with two trains per day southbound to London Kings Cross and one train per day northbound to Inverness operated by London North Eastern Railway; and one train per day Sunday - Friday southbound to London Euston and northbound to Inverness operated by Caledonian Sleeper. The station has nine platforms, though they are ordered 2 to 10. The site of Platform 1 is now occupied by a car park; the platforms were not renumbered. The bay platforms at the north end of the station (Platforms 4 and 5) survive but are not available to passenger trains. The bay platforms at the south end of the station (Platforms 7 and 8) are not normally used for weekday services, but the first services of the day use trains that have been stabled there overnight and they have been fitted with passenger information displays.

A major Scottish area timetable recast in 2018 backed by Transport Scotland will see improved journey times from Stirling to both Edinburgh & Glasgow and more frequent services to Gleneagles, Dundee, Perth & Inverness.[8] The lines from Glasgow to Alloa & Polmont to Dunblane are also due to be resignalled & electrified by 2018 as part of the rolling modernisation work associated with the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Falkirk Grahamston   London North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
  Dunblane or Terminus
Larbert   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh–Dunblane Line
  Bridge of Allan
Dunblane   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Falkirk Grahamston
(Southbound only)
Edinburgh Waverley
(Northbound only)
  Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Larbert   Abellio ScotRail
Croy Line
  Abellio ScotRail
Croy Line
  Bridge of Allan
Glasgow Queen Street   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
Highland Main Line
  Historical railways  
Line open; Station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway
  Bridge of Allan
Line and Station open
Terminus   North British Railway
Stirling and Dunfermline Railway
  Causewayhead (Stirling)
Line open; station closed
Terminus   North British Railway
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Line and station closed


  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ Railscot - Stirling
  4. ^ "BR Motorail service pulls out of Stirling". The Herald. Glasgow. 8 February 1989. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Stirling Railway Station including platform buildings, footbridges, middle signal boxes, north signal box and semaphore signals". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Planning Application Summary 12/00157/LBC Replacement of public address system including installation of new speakers on and within station buildings, canopy etc". Stirling Council.
  7. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Tables 229 & 230
  8. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers" Archived 20 August 2016 at the Wayback MachineTransport Scotland press release 15 March 2016, Retrieved 18 August 2016
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