East Airdrie link road

Reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality between Newhouse and Stand

The East Airdrie Link Road is the name given to the section of the Pan-Lanarkshire orbital transport corridor that runs between the M8 and Cumbernauld. 

This section will link with the Ravenscraig access infrastructure, south of the M8, to provide a north south route through North Lanarkshire and to the wider City Region.

The new road infrastructure will:

  • Improve journey times and transport reliability
  • Improve connections between residential areas, town centres, business centres, employment and education
  • Improve air quality, by relieving congestion along the existing A73

It is anticipated the project will create a new single carriageway road link with pedestrian and cycle ways from north of the M8 (A723/Newhouse Interchange) to the A73, north of Stand. The road will have limited connections to the local road network to optimise traffic flow. It will include new road crossings of the Airdrie to Bathgate train line and the North Calder Water, together with several crossings of local roads and streams.

Date for receiving your feedback on the options extended to 30 April

Due to COVID-19 we had to postpone our public events, we have now decided to extend the date for you to provide us your comments on the options.

You can still see all the information we would have presented at the events.

Please provide any feedback you may have by 4.45pm on Thursday 30 April 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience postponing the events may have caused, but public safety was a priority.

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We will be holding further stakeholder and public engagement during the options appraisal process.

What's happening next?

This is a large project which will take some years to complete. We are at an early stage, with conclusion of the options generation and appraisal process required to identifying a preferred route. Once a preferred route is identified, there will be site investigations and a lot of detailed design work to be done. Statutory and funding approvals will also be needed before any construction works would start.

Our next steps are to complete the Stage 1 Options Generation and Appraisal, identifying a short list of options to be taken forward to a Stage 2 appraisal.

A series of public exhibitions will be held to present the Stage 1 findings and obtain feedback.

Our anticipated timetable is:

  • Conclusion of Stage 1;  identifying Short list of Options - Spring 2020
  • Stage 1 Public Exhibitions - Spring 2020
  • Commence Stage 2 Options Development and Appraisal - Spring 2020
  • Stage 2 Public Exhibitions - Autumn/Winter 2020
  • Conclude Stage 2 appraisal identifying the Preferred Route option - 2020
  • Appoint consultant to undertake design work - Winter 2020/2021
  • Outline Business Case for City Deal funding - Winter 2021/2022
  • Planning Application - Spring 2022

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.

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

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