Network Rail is to carry out renewal work on a railway line in Scotland that only opened five years ago.
The rail infrastructure operator has announced plans for a programme of work on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line.
The line was promoted by a consortium of local authorities led by Clackmannanshire Council, with Bam Nuttall as the main contractor.
It became part of the rail network on completion in 2008 – but already needs substantial work to better prepare it for Scotland’s harsh winter weather and the number of trains running to and from Longannet power station.
A Network Rail spokesman said the line was a key route for coal trains travelling to Longannet and had experienced increased traffic volumes since it opened in 2008.
“That usage is also set to continue for longer with the extension of the lifetime of the power station,” he added.
He said Network Rail intended to carry out a rolling programme of works to renew “some sections” of the line that require formation treatment to support coal traffic.
The track operator will also carry out drainage works to futureproof the route against wetter and more severe winters.
Network Rail said it was working with train operators to plan the works. It said the scope, timings and costs of the project had yet to be finalised.