Passenger services returned to Alloa for the first time in almost 40 years when the Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine rail link opened on Monday 19th May 2008.
The route re-opening was one of the most important railway infrastructure projects Scotland seen in decades. It is of critical importance to the regeneration of Alloa and Clackmannanshire in general.
The project saw approximately 21 km of out of use, disused and abandoned railway lines between Stirling Station and Longannet Power station in Kincardine re-open. It will deliver major economic, social and environment benefits to the communities directly concerned and also to the wider Scottish economy.
The new Alloa station allows direct hourly passenger services between Alloa, Stirling and Glasgow Queen Street.
There are also peak-time direct train services to and from Edinburgh, Monday to Friday. For services out with peak times, passengers need to change at Stirling.
The line also provides a more efficient freight route to carry coal from the west of Scotland to Longannet Power Station and potentially provide freight services to other customers along the line. This new route allows freight trains to be diverted from the existing, longer route via the Forth Bridge, releasing capacity for improved passenger services.
Call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for enquiries about:
- train tickets
- ticket refunds
- journey planners
- running times
For any other questions about the railway, please call the Network Rail National Helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days per year on 08457 11 41 41.
Network Rail can also be contacted at:
40 Melton Street
Tel: 020 7557 8000
Fax: 020 7557 9000
Health and Safety Information
Level crossings along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail link are now operational. Vehicles and pedestrians must obey any stop signals displayed.
To view or download copies of the Safety Guides for Footpath Crossings and Manually Controlled Barrier Crossings, you can visit the Transport Scotland website.
You can also view or download our information booklet entitled A Guide to Noise and Vibration.
The Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine line features:
- 22,630m plain line track & cable troughing
- 33,846 rail sleepers
- 79,094 tonnes of ballast
- 3 public level crossings (Waterside, Blackgrange & Cambus)
- 3 private level crossings (Manor Neuk, Manor Powis & Kincardine)
- 29 signals
- 29 AWS (Automatic Warning System) Units
- 1 superstructure (The Forth Viaduct)
- 13 underbridges
- 19 overbridges
- 4 footbridges
- a brand new station at Alloa
Book available charting the history of the railway entitled 'Back on Track'
Back on Track, written by local rail enthusiast and historian David Bytheway and released in 2009, traces the history of the line from the early wagon ways in the 1760s to the re-opening of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line in May 2008. The book, priced £12.95 is available from Alloa Library.
Related Publications & Documents
- Rail Noise Assessments: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Rail Link
- SAK Railway - AECOM Report on Assessment of Effectiveness of Acoustic Barriers
- SAK Railway Environmental Statement - Non-Technical Summary
- SAK Railway Environmental Statement - Vol 1: Main Report
- SAK Railway Environmental Statement - Vol 2: Topic Specific Reports
- SAK Railway Environmental Statement - Vol 3: Supporting Information
- SAK Railway Vibration Assessment - Dec 2010
- Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway - A Guide to Noise and Vibration