We assessed the benefits, impacts, affordability and value for money of five short-listed options to identify a Preferred Option.
We assessed each how each option performed against:
- the economic benefit
- the environment (benefits and impact)
- connecting residents to jobs and education (integration)
- supporting improvements to public transport (accessibility)
- improving safety for all road users
- how the walking, cycling and wheeling path fits with existing roads and paths
We also assessed each option to see:
- how easy they are to build
- are they affordable
- are they value for money
We considered these important issues:
- the environment
To ensure the project benefits would meet the needs of the area, we ranked our considerations in order of importance.
We also looked closely at areas where ground conditions were an issue and adjusted routes to reduce the impact on the environment and cost.
Through this assessment, Option B was identified as the Preferred Option for the project as it:
- provides more benefits and meets the project objectives better than shorter route options considered
- goes from the A73/Lancaster Avenue roundabout to a new roundabout north of Riggend at the A73 dual carriageway
- provides a strategic road link from the M8 at Newhouse to the A73 at Cumbernauld
The shorter route options, Option B2, B3 and B4, provide less benefits and are therefore less value for money than Option B.
Option E had significantly higher construction costs than the other short listed options and was unaffordable.
The additional options considered to the west of Riggend are also unaffordable and provide less value for money than Option B.
Option B provides the best connections to catchment areas for the New Monklands Hospital.
You can also watch a video showing how the new road provides access to the proposed new hospital site.