Stirling SNP Councillors are calling for Network Rail and Stirling Council officers to work together to devise a new plan that would reduce the amount of time required for works to be carried out on the Kerse Road Bridge.
Current plans would see the Kerse Road closed for a year in order for key works to be carried out for the electrification of the railway line.
These plans have been criticised by local representatives as well as community groups.
Commenting, SNP Environment Convener on Stirling Council, Cllr Jim Thomson said:
“The Kerse Road is a main artery in and out of Stirling city centre. It supports local businesses and a closure of this length would have a serious impact on our local economy.
“Without a feasible long-term contingency plan that would accommodate an estimated 20,000 cars a day, a year-long closure would threaten current jobs and future business opportunities for Stirling city. At a time when we are looking to grow our local economy through an aspirational City Region Deal, this is an unacceptable position to be in.”
SNP Councillor for Stirling East, Cllr Alison Laurie, is currently running a public consultation on safety concerns on the Pike Road – an area that will be severely affected by the proposed closure of the Kerse Road.
Cllr Laurie added:
“The currently proposed closure of the Kerse Road would disproportionately impact on residents in the Broomridge and Braehead communities – raising serious questions about the safety of local roads with an anticipated increase in traffic as a result.
“The closure of a major route, such as the Kerse Road, must come with a comprehensive plan to mitigate to impact that this will have on traffic in other areas. To date, I am not satisfied that this is the case for the communities I represent on Stirling Council.
“Network Rail and Stirling Council officers must come up with a plan to mitigate the impact and seriously reduce the time it will take to complete these works.”
Councillor Jim Thomson will meet with Stirling Council officers in coming days to discuss the current proposals for the closure of the Kerse Road.