Stirling Station Gateway
For Stirling to be an important economic centre in the region and act as the catalyst for commercial, civic and cultural innovation across the Council area, a well-connected transport network is needed which can actively support future economic growth.
The Stirling Station Gateway project aims to create high quality environments surrounding Stirling Railway Station and the Murray Place/Station Road area to link the City’s retail centre, bus and rail transport hubs and the Forthside area. The quality of these spaces will be greatly enhanced to create a welcoming arrival point in the city centre and support economic development.
The proposals include:
- enhanced pedestrian footway spaces;
- a one-way traffic system on Murray Place and Station Road;
- new and improved bus and taxi stances;
- a new station forecourt arrival space.
Implementation of One-Way System
From Sunday 1 May 2016, a new one-way system has been in operation in Murray Place and Station Road. Buses and other traffic no longer travel 'up' Station Road from the train station roundabout, but instead access Murray Place via Barnton Street. Part of this work involved the redistribution of bus services which formerly used Murray Place to utilise the new bus stops which were created on Goosecroft Road. Full details of bus stance allocation with map can be found here.
- Phase 1A: Goosecroft Road/Seaforth Place junction and Maxwell Place - works completed
Construction of the new bus stop layby and footway along Goosecroft Road was recently completed. Further works included upgrading of the traffic signals, removal of pedestrian barriers, improvements and widening of pedestrian routes and resurfacing of Maxwell Place.
- Phase 1B: Murray Place and Station Road - works ongoing from June 2016 onwards
Shortly after the one-way system came into operation, works to replace footway surfaces with natural stone pavements, to create new bus stops, taxi rank and improve pedestrian accessibility commenced.
It is inevitable that works of this nature will cause some disruption, but we will be ensuring access to properties is maintained at all times and will be putting suitable pedestrian and traffic management measures in place to manage the construction activities safely and to complete the works as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regular communication updates will be provided as the works progress.
This is an exciting project for Stirling and is being taken forward in partnership with Network Rail, Scotrail, Sustrans and Stirling Cycle Hub. The desire of all our project partners is to create a pleasant, public space fitting for passengers arriving in the city of Stirling and which provides good pedestrian links to the Bus Station, the City Centre and to Forthside.
All of the current car parking, passenger drop-off and taxi rank facilities will be retained in the new layout, but these will be relocated to other parts of the station frontage with improved vehicular access.
You may recall that the details of the Station Forecourt proposals were much more conceptual than the detailed proposals presented for the City Centre streets. There is still considerable design and consultation work to be undertaken, but analysis of the early consultation showed very high levels of support for the project and provided some good ideas which can be incorporated in the next stage of the design process.
It is anticipated that further public consultation will be carried out after the summer, with construction likely in Spring/Summer 2017.