Stirling railway station, Scotland

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Stirling National Rail
Stirling Railway Station - - 525924.jpg
Place Stirling
Local authority Stirling
Coordinates 56°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 reference NS797935
Station code STG
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 7
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 2.261 million
2012/13 Decrease 2.238 million
2013/14 Increase 2.260 million
2014/15 Increase 2.416 million
2015/16 Increase 2.442 million
1848 Opened
1913 Rebuilt[1]
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.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

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.[2]

An exhibition of the station over the last 100 years is planned for 2013.[3]


The station building was constructed in 1915 by James Miller, and is listed by Historic Environment Scotland as a Category A listed building.[4]

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.[5]

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

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).[6] 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 although there is one train a day operated by Virgin Trains East Coast to London Kings Cross and one in the opposite direction to Inverness. As of December 2015 an extra service by Virgin Trains East Coast runs an early morning service between Stirling and London Kings Cross. The Caledonian Sleeper between Inverness & London Euston also calls. 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.[7] 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 Following station
Falkirk Grahamston   Virgin Trains East Coast
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
Line open; station closed
Terminus   North British Railway
Forth and Clyde Junction Railway
Line and station closed


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