Ravenscraig access infrastructure

Opening up opportunities for regeneration

The Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure project is the section of the Pan-Lanarkshire orbital route that runs from the M74 at Motherwell to the M8 at Holytown.

This section of the Pan-Lanarkshire orbital corridor will link with the East Airdrie Link Road to provide a route through North Lanarkshire to the wider City Region and provide road improvements needed to achieve the full development potential of Ravenscraig.

The project is being developed in two parts:

Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure (North)

Upgrading 3km of the A723 to provide a dual carriageway and shared footway/cycleway from the New Craig Road junction at Ravenscraig to the M8 at Holytown.

Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure (South)

Creating a new road link and pedestrian and cycle paths into Ravenscraig from Airbles Road, and continuing to the Regional Sports Facility. It will include a new road crossing of the West Coast Main Line railway, as well as junction and carriageway improvements on Airbles Road at Hamilton Road (A723) and Windmillhill Street.

What's happening now?

In September, we appointed an engineering and landscape design team, Amey to develop the detailed proposals for Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure South and are working closely with Network Rail to design the road crossing of the West Coast Main Line railway.

We're undertaking additional surveys and finalising designs for the Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure North works.

What's happening next?

This is a large project and will take some years to complete. There is a lot of detailed design work to be done and further statutory and funding approvals are needed before any construction works would start.

Our next steps are to begin developing the detailed designs for the works to Airbles Road, for the new access to Ravenscraig. 

An outline business case which will include both Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure North and South sections will be prepared for approval by North Lanarkshire Council and Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet. This is a key stage in making sure the funding from the City Deal Infrastructure Fund is provided for the project.

Our expected timetable is:

  • Begin developing detailed designs for Airbles Road and the railway crossing - autumn 2019
  • Submit the Outline Business Case for approval - spring / summer 2020
  • Submit detailed planning application for works to Airbles Road and new access to Ravenscraig -early 2021
  • Appoint contractors for Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure North to upgrade the A723 - 2021, with works starting in 2022
  • Appoint contractors for Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure South for works to Airbles Road and to create new access to Ravenscraig - 2022, with works starting in 2023

Project News

We will always look to keep you up-to-date with what's happening on these projects, and issue news releases to keep you informed.

27 June 2019 - Scotland's largest regeneration site approval - Planning granted for Ravenscraig masterplan.

9 April 2019 - £200million boost for Ravenscraig plans under City Deal programme - Revised plans for the Ravenscraig Infrastructure Access (RIA) project approved.

21 December 2017 - £190m roads programme to boost Ravenscraig regeneration - Glasgow City Region City Deal announcement.

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