MEMBERS OF the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) gave the green light to the £37M rehabilitation of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway in a report published last week.
The report concludes that benefits to the public brought about by the new railway will outweigh any local environmental impacts.
Its content will form the basis for a debate in the Scottish Parliament, which is the final stage a private bill must go through before Royal Assent is granted.
Clackmannanshire Council submitted the Stirling-AlloaKincardine railway and linked improvements bill to Parliament in December 2002.
It wants to revitalise 21km of disused and abandoned railway to provide a direct passenger link between Alloa and Kincardine via a junction with the rail network at Stirling (NCE 4 December 2003).
As soon as the bill receives Royal Assent, the Council will award the contract to one of the five short listed contractors who are competing for the design and build project.
These are AWG Construction Services, Carillion Rail, Edmund Nuttall, Gleeson Construction Services and Kier Construction.
Consultant Babtie has been working as project manager for the local authorities promoting the project.