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New road plans on the agenda

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Plans for new roads and improvements to open up access to the Ravenscraig regeneration site will be considered by councillors. (First published August 2020)

North Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise and Growth Committee will hear an update on the design and construction of the £127.2 million Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure project.

The project provides new and improved transport infrastructure to connect Ravenscraig north to the M8 and south to Motherwell and the M74.

The four elements of the project are:

  • a new dual carriageway from the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility to Motherwell, crossing the west coast main line railway;
  • a new roundabout with traffic signals at Airbles Road and Windmillhill Street, connecting to the dual carriageway;
  • completion of the dualling of Airbles Road; and
  • the dualling of the A723 from Ravenscraig to the M8.

It is part of the council’s Glasgow City Region City Deal programme to connect the main motorway networks.

If agreed by committee, the Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure plans will be presented to the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet in October for approval. The next stage would be submission of a planning application for the southern connections to Motherwell and the M8, which will include a public consultation.

The cost of the council’s Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure project is £127.2 million, including £71.2m for the connection to Motherwell and the M74 and £56m for dualling the existing A723 from Ravenscraig to the M8 at Newhouse."

The cost of the project are supported by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, providing £61.9 million, with £65.3 million being provided from the council over six years, from 2020 to 2026.

The first construction works will be creating the west coast main line crossing which are is anticipated to take place in 2022, with construction of the new road to Ravenscraig and roundabout starting in 2023. Dualling of the A723 is planned to begin in 2023/24 and the work on Airbles Road in 2024/25.

More information about the project is available on the council’s web site at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/ravenscraig-citydeal

Page last updated:
21 May 2021

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