Starting on October 15, a series of Big Conversation events will take place across the Stirling Council area as part of our aim of putting communities at the heart of our budget planning.

The Council needs to make £24million of savings over the next five years, which means transforming the way we deliver our services and making some tough decisions. As part of this process we want to have an open and honest discussion about the services that are most important to you.

We will be hosting Big Conversations in the community. All are from 7.00pm till 9.00pm and open to everyone.
*         On Monday 22 October the Big Conversation will be at Wallace High School.
*         On Tuesday 23 October we will be at Stirling High School.
*         On Wednesday 24 October we will be at McLaren High School.
*         And, on Thursday 25 October the Big Conversation will be happening at Balfron High School

We would appreciate if you would let us know you are joining in the conversation by registering through Eventbrite:-

We are encouraging local people to host their own Big Conversations with family, friends, neighbours, community groups, co-workers. We have prepared Big Conversation “Meeting in a box” materials which you can use for your own conversation.

All we ask is that you record the conversation and send it back to Stirling Council. Meeting in a box at  We want to hear from YOU – the people who live and work in our communities. Your views and ideas will help transform Stirling. We would appreciate if you could forward this information round your next works. We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Engagement Team
People, Planning & Performance
Stirling Council
Room 44
Old Viewforth
Pitt Terrace
Telephone: 01786 233076


No-one would say that the pylons appearing at Dunblane station are beautiful, but they are an indication that the project to deliver electric trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow by December is nearing completion.  The electric trains are lighter (and don't carry tons of diesel), accelerate quicker and have more space.

The acceleration will speed up routes, but the biggest difference will be on the journey to Edinburgh.  Here, it's planned to have a new service from Glasgow via Cumbernauld to Edinburgh.  This service will handle Polmont and Linlithgow allowing Dunblane trains to skip these.  This allows quite a number of minutes to be knocked off as well as these from the faster acceleration.  Whilst the journey will definitely be quicker from Stirling, there are possibilities that timetabling challenges may mean a wait or change at Stirling for some Dunblane trains.  The Dunblane Express service will also stop.  The new timetable starts on 8th December and may see less direct peak time trains. 

The week's closure from 14th October is aimed to ensure that the work finishes on time for the new trains to be introduced in December.  The new trains are yet to all arrive from the manufacturers in County Durham and so stand in white electric trains (left)  will initially provide the Dunblane to Edinburgh service. Class365Class385

The brand new 385 trains will be phased in on the Dunblane - Glasgow service from December.  Timetabled journey time reductions will only be fully realised in May once all the new trains are introduced.  

Let's hope for faster commutes to Edinburgh and Glasgow from Dunblane as well as Stirling.

Line Closure notification - Larbert to Dunblane and Alloa : 14 to 22 October 2018

To support the delivery of the electrification of the Larbert, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa (SDA) lines for the introduction of ScotRail’s new electric 385 trains this December, Network Rail is intensifying engineering works which will involve the closure of the line from Larbert to Dunblane and Alloa from the 14th to 22nd October when the line will re-open for Monday morning services. This will involve engineers working day and night to complete critical overhead electric line works including mast and cantilever installation, cable ducting works to platforms, wiring and registration works. 

The line closure is to allow periods of continuous working, with engineers working 24/7 along the line of route including at a number of stations: Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane and Alloa. During the delivery of the works, trains will be replaced by buses to/from stations affected by the line closure, as listed below. Details of alterations to train services can be found at 

 Affected routes:
Glasgow Queen St – Inverness services
Glasgow Queen St – Aberdeen services
Edinburgh – Dunblane services
Glasgow Queen St – Dunblane, Stirling and Alloa services

Also - Sunday rail services disruption due to work to electrify the Glasgow to Aberdeen line

Go to the Scotrail website

Work to electrify the Glasgow to Aberdeen line will mean disruption for rail travellers leaving Glasgow Queen Street station over the next two months. Electrification work at Dunblane, Stirling and Alloa means that coaches will be laid on for rail travellers over eight Sundays starting from this Sunday, September 2. Services will be disrupted over the months of September and October, on Sunday, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 as well as Sunday, October 7, 14 and 21. Trains travelling from Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen/Inverurie will be diverted (via Fife), with buses replacement services in operation between Falkirk High and Dundee calling at intermediate stations. And trains travelling from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness will be diverted (via Fife) and will not call at Larbert, Stirling, Dunblane & Gleneagles. Buses will operate between these stations and connect into train services at Perth.

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The routes set to be affected

Meanwhile, replacement buses will also be in operation for people travelling to Alloa and Elgin from Glasgow Queen Street on the dates above, with buses between Falkirk Grahamston and Alloa and, with respect to the Elgin route, train services starting from Perth, with buses in place between Falkirk High and Perth. Scotrail are advising that journey times will be increased and replacement buses may arrive/depart earlier or later than advertised train times.


There was a Drop-in on Tuesday 11 September in Victoria Hall from 3pm to 7pm.

You can complete their questionnaire until 28 September

Read more about the consultation


Fiona Brown helped Scotland's Women's Football team make history last week when they beat Albania to ensure first-ever participation in next year’s women’s World Cup in France. Fiona now has 31 Scotland Caps but it hasn't been an easy road for the Dunblane lass as you will see from her story below.

As a child, I ran about like a headless chicken, usually after my brother. I tried everything and anything - tennis, golf, squash, athletics and gymnastics. I started to play football aged 6 when Active Stirling started a girls football session at my school (Dunblane Primary). I loved every minute and was desperate to join a team, but there was nothing for girls in the local area. The coach of the active schools sessions (after persistent begging from me) started a girls section at local club- Newburgh. I was aged for under 11’s but played in the u13’s league and completely caught the bug. Being the most competitive kid you will ever meet, being half the size of everyone else just added to the challenge. The club later reformed as Stirling Girls and was run by volunteers, most of whom were parents. Later, naturally with age some of the girls lost interest, numbers became lower and we all transferred to Stenhousemuir F.C Girls section. I played there for two years at U15 level, and it was around this time I realised that this is what I wanted to do. I remember telling my mum aged 13 that I wanted to be a professional footballer, not sure how she managed to keep a straight face!

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Aged 14, I was given a ‘Regional Trial’ by the Scottish FA. Still playing at Stenhousemuir, who, at the time were one of the weaker teams, over achieving in a league of top clubs, this was a huge thing for me. After a successful regional trial, I joined the central region and later that year received my first Scotland cap at u15 level against Wales. A dream come true. Afterwards, I was asked to join Celtics youth academy, and being a 14 year old Celtic fan, it was an easy decision. Looking back now, I have my parents and brother to thank for everything. An easy decision for me meant 3 nights training 7-9pm in Glasgows west end as well as a game on a Sunday, which could be just about anywhere in the country. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve anything that I have if my parents hadn’t given it so much of their time or if my brother wasn’t so selfless. This was the age I missed out on a lot of social things with my friends, it was a hard for other people to understand why I was putting in the time and sacrifices for a game, but now I’m so glad I did. I also had a very supportive group of friends throughout my school years.

At U15 level at Celtic, we were hugely successful and had one of the best teams of our age group at the time. We won both cups and the league title that year, going undefeated in the league too. The next year, I was asked to join the first team at Celtic, aged 15 it was probably too soon, but it was a huge learning experience for me. I also moved up to U17 with Scotland reaching the Elite round of the European Championships two years running. In my second season at Celtic first team, unfortunately I suffered an ACL injury, which ultimately ended in surgery and a year on the sidelines. This was hard for me, as everything had gone so well up until that point.

In 2012, I was selected for The SFA National Performance Centre. This was a scholarship programme that allowed me to complete my university degree while having individual training every morning and club training at night. After returning from injury, I found form and was asked to join Glasgow City FC. I also moved up to u19 level at Scotland. During three successful seasons at Glasgow City, winning 2 League Cups, 2 Scottish Cups and 3 League Titles as well as reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League and the finals of the U19 European Championships, I received my first full International Cap, playing in a 3-0 win against Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, in the middle of all of this, another ACL injury kept me sidelined for yet another 9 months.

After playing Eskilstuna DFF, a Swedish team in the Champions League with Glasgow City, I was offered my first full professional contract. Moving out to Eskilstuna in 2017 was a huge step for me. It was in fact the best move of my career. Continuing to play with the Scottish Women’s National Team, we reached and competed at the European Championships in Holland, the first time in history. At the end of my first season in Sweden, I was asked to join F.C Rosengård. One of the best teams in Europe, I couldn’t turn it down.

This year, we have qualified for the World Cup. Probably the pinnacle of my career to this point. I hope to have a gold medal to add to the collection at the end of this domestic season too!

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