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?

We have prepared an outline business case which sets out the need for the project and the economic benefit.

It will unlock the future potential of the Ravenscraig site, improving access for:

  • new housing
  • businesses
  • schools
  • retail
  • leisure facilities 

The outline business case will be submitted for approval by the Enterprise and Growth Committee on 27 August 2020.

The outline business case will then be presented to the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet in October 2020 for final approval.

This is a key stage in making sure the funding from the City Deal Infrastructure Fund is provided for the project.

What have we done?

Ravenscraig (South)

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 have now completed the first stage of our designs. These plans show the proposed road layouts and will be the subject of further consultation and applications for planning permission.

Ravenscraig (North)

We've recently undertaking additional surveys and finalising designs for the project.

Planning permission was granted in 2013 for the upgrading of the A723 to dual carriageway. 

You can view plans and access other information on this by using reference number 13/01279/FUL on our Online planning system

The construction of the road under rail-bridge at Carfin, was finished in 2014.

The project will now deliver the rest of the approved proposal to provide the dual carriageway and shared cycle/footway. 

What's happening next?

There is a lot of detailed design work to be done and approvals are needed before any construction works would start.

Our next steps are to continue to develop the designs for the connection from Motherwell to Ravenscraig.

We will be doing a pre planning application consultation in the autumn ahead of submitting planning applications early 2021.  

This is a large and complex project and will be delivered in a number of phases, taking place over a number of years. Work is not expected to begin until early 2022 and not finish until 2025.

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.

8 October 2020 - Funding approved for £127.2m project - New transport links to open up Ravenscraig site

18 August 2020 - New road plans on the agenda - New roads and improvements to open up Ravenscraig regeneration site.

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.

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information, see 'related pages', 'downloads' or 'other useful websites'.

A to Z of services