With the climate emergency still firmly at the top of the Council’s agenda, public feedback is being sought on ideas for increasing sustainable travel connections between Stirling’s growing communities as well as key locations in the Central Belt.
Options, which include building a new train station south of Stirling, or creating a new park & ride site next to Pirnhall roundabout, are now open for public feedback on Engage Stirling.
Councillor Jim Thomson, Convener of the Environment and Housing Committee, said: “We need to look at how people can travel in and around the city for local commutes as well as longer journeys.
“Around 40% of car trips in the Stirling city area start or end their trip outside the City, so there is a travel demand there which we need to address by providing sustainable alternatives to the car.
“We are committed to tackling Climate Change and this study is an important step in finding sustainable solutions. We all want to grow our city and make it as attractive a location as it can be to live, work and visit but we need to do this in a way that makes the area cleaner, greener and safer as part of our wider desire to get people to walk, cycle and use more sustainable forms of transport.”
More, greener options
Stirling Council and partners Tactran - the Regional Transport Partnership for Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and Stirling – have prepared the list of options alongside transport consultancy SYSTRA Ltd, following initial engagement with the public.
“Enabling Stirling’s residents, and people visiting Stirling, to have more public transport options to travel in the City and to locations in the Central Belt is key to reducing carbon emissions, reducing traffic in the City and increasing the jobs and services the people of Stirling can access.” Said Councillor Richard McCready, Chair of Tactran.
The options considered in the consultation align with the Council’s active travel strategy, which aims to improve opportunities for walking, cycling and using public transport in all communities. Such changes will bring communities closer to each other and improve local access to the wider national transport infrastructure.
The result is a better-connected Stirling, where people find it easier to access jobs, services and opportunities locally and regionally without the need to travel by car into Stirling City Centre.
The full list of options includes:
- New coach Park and Ride site at Pirnhall/South Stirling with bus connections into Stirling and coach connections into Central Belt;
- New Rail Station South of Stirling;
- New Rail Station between Bridge of Allan, Causewayhead and Cornton, with or without the existing station; and
- New Station on the Alloa line east of Causewayhead
The study has been funded by Transport Scotland’s Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF).
Vice Convener for Stirling’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Danny Gibson added: “We talked with local elected members and Community Councils as well as other stakeholders such as public transport and taxi operators early on to identify a range of options, including new Park and Ride sites and changes to the rail stations.
“Now these options have been refined, we want the wider community to tell us what they think would work best.”
Access to the survey is also available at local libraries.
The survey results will form part of the final report by transport consultants Systra to be presented to Transport Scotland in March 2022. Transport Scotland will then determine if any of the proposals are worthy of further investigation.