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Stirling Dunblane Alloa (SDA) Electrification Works – Investing in Scotland’s Railway

Larbert to Dunblane and Alloa Line Closure: 14 to 22 October 2018

To support the delivery of the electrification of the Larbert, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa (SDA) lines for the introduction of ScotRail’s new electric 385 trains this December, Network Rail is intensifying engineering works which will involve the closure of the line from Larbert to Dunblane and Alloafrom the 14th to 22nd October when the line will re-open for Monday morning services.

This will involve engineers working day and night to complete critical overhead electric line works including mast and cantilever installation, cable ducting works to platforms, wiring and registration works.


The work being delivered by Network Rail as part of the Scottish Government’s rolling programme of electrification, working with partners, to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.

Engineering activity is being intensified ahead of the launch of ScotRail’s new fleet of electric trains on the routes this December. Once the new fleet of longer, faster and greener electric trains is introduced significant customer benefits will be realised including faster journeys, more seats, and better services on morning and evening peak services to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The completion of the electrification will also enable a 42-minute journey time on the Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, line.

The line closure is to allow periods of continuous working, with engineers working 24/7 along the line of route including at a number of stations: Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane and Alloa.

During the delivery of the works, trains will be replaced by buses to/from stations affected by the line closure, as listed below. Details of alterations to train services can be found at

Affected routes:

Glasgow Queen St – Inverness services

Glasgow Queen St – Aberdeen services

Edinburgh – Dunblane services

Glasgow Queen St – Dunblane, Stirling and Alloa services


Electrification of the Line – Greenhill Junction, Polmont Junction and Grangemouth Junction up to Larbert Junction

As part of the Scottish Government’s on-going strategic transport investment, Network Rail is continuing to deliver work to electrify the railway across central Scotland.

Following the electrification of the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow (via Falkirk High) in the autumn of 2017, the current phase of works extends from Grangemouth and Falkirk, through Stirling to Alloa and Dunblane under the SDA electrification programme.

The section of the route between Greenhill JunctionPolmont Junction and Grangemouth Junction up to Larbert Junction is the latest to be electrified. Network Rail is advising lineside communities that the overhead lines will be LIVE and DANGEROUS.

Electrification of the railway will means increased capacity on routes by improving the infrastructure to enable longer, faster and greener modern electric trains to run.

You can see the Safety Notice here – SDA Energisation Leaflet

The New Community Council

The new Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council is now up and running.

We are:

Dennis Berg – Stenhousemuir – Convener

Angela Paterson – Larbert – Deputy Convener

Dennis Power – Kinnaird – Secretary

Laura Santi – Stenhousemuir – Minutes Secretary

Clare Richardson – Stenhousemuir – Communications

Keith Brockie – Kinnaird – Treasurer

Kim Grant – Stenhousemuir – Planning

Denis Shovlin – Stenhousemuir

Iain Thornton – Larbert

Claire Thornton – Larbert

All contact details remain the same.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 30th April.

The Future of the Community Council…

Some very disappointing news…..

Falkirk Council only received 2 nominations for the 11 spaces available to form a new Community Council over the next 4 years within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood area. This means that at this stage a new Community Council cannot be formed when the current one stands down in a few weeks time.

There is a meeting at Falkirk Council on Tuesday to agree next steps and it is likely if agreed that they will seek further nominations in the run up to Christmas. In advance of this, if you would like to find out more about what is involved, please get in touch by sending us an e-mail ( or leave a comment on this post or come along to our last meeting on Monday 27th November at 715pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

We would urge anyone who may be interested in getting involved to put forward their nomination or express an interest as soon as possible. Without at least 2/3 of spaces being filled, there will not be a Community Council established for this area. This would be a great loss for the local area given the important role that the Community Council plays in representing the local community to Falkirk Council and other statutory bodies.

Talking Fracking Community Consultation Event – Draft Response

In order to inform a response to the Scottish Government consultation, the Community Council hosted an event for local residents on Monday 8th May to discuss the pros and cons of fracking, and related matters, and to evaluate the potential benefits and impacts on our local community. All views were listened to at this event which was impartially facilitated. Approximately 40 people attended the consultation event.

We have now drafted a response to this which will be discussed at our May meeting. The draft response can be viewed here:

We have circulated the draft response to those who attended on the 8th May and have asked them to confirm if they have any objections to the content of the submission or if there are any omissions from the discussion that took place. Any comments received from those who attended will be considered in an open forum at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

If anyone who did not attend has any observations to make on the document, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing Any comments received will be considered at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

The draft submission will be discussed and finalised for submission at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

You are also able to submit your views direct to the Scottish Government. Please note that the consultation closes on 31st May and can be viewed at: