NEW pictures released by Network Rail have illustrated the huge work being done to make sure Stirling train station becomes fully accessible.

The rail organisation posted pictures on their Twitter feed on Tuesday morning showing the old footbridge being hoisted high into the air before being lowered on to a truck before it was taken away to be improved.

The work, when finished, will make Stirling a fully-accessible station. Previously, those arriving at Platform 9 in a wheelchair or with a pram, could not access the rest of the station without tackling a set of steep stairs.

Trains to and from Alloa regularly stopped there as it went through Stirling which prompted a long-running campaign by the Alloa Community Council and disabled rights groups.

After ten long years, there was finally light at the end of the long tunnel as Network Rail confirmed they would install a lift between platforms six and nine as part of the electrification works at the station.

The lattice footbridge which was removed will be taken away for refurbishment and then reinstalled higher above the rails to enable the line underneath to be electrified.

Alexander Stewart MSP said previously: “For the people of Stirling and Clackmannanshire with disabilities and mobility issues, as well as parents and carers with young children, buggies and prams; this will be most welcome and a relief after waiting for so long.”

Keith Brown MSP echoed those sentiments, and added: “The accessibility of Platform 9 at Stirling Station has been a long running issue which I have worked with Network Rail and other partners to address.

“I’m delighted – as I am sure many of my constituents will be – work can now start to implement the improvements which will address the accessibility issues and ensure appropriate access for all rail users going forward.”