Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has congratulated Stirling Rail Station on winning the National Railway Heritage Award for Operational Enhancement for the restoration work to the platform canopies and footbridge.
The award was given to the train station in recognition of the restoration, refurbishment and other improvements to the historic station, including improvements in accessibility for mobility or other impaired customers, which respect and enhance its heritage character.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the project for their hard work, and Network Rail deserve credit for their work at Stirling Station.
It would have been far easier to replace the original footbridge, but they chose to renovate and restore the historic structure whilst at the same time greatly improving accessibility.
The award was well deserved and I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, which has already gathered support from MSP colleagues, congratulating all those involved.’’
The text of the motion is below:
Stirling Station Wins Rail Heritage Award 2020
Motion Text: That the Parliament congratulates Stirling Rail Station on winning the National Railway Heritage Award for Operational Enhancement for the restoration work to the platform canopies and footbridge; understands that this particular award is for the restoration, refurbishment or other improvements to an historic station or other building or structure which incorporate operational modifications, including improvements in accessibility for mobility or other impaired customers, which respect and enhance its heritage character; further understands that the historic lattice footbridge at Stirling Station had to be raised to provide clearance for the electrified wires below; notes that the original 28-tonne heritage structure was removed and underwent significant refurbishment before being reinstalled along with a new lift to create step-free access to all platforms: and congratulates everyone involved.