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Progress update

First major milestone in creating new link between Motherwell and Ravenscraig completed with new rail bridge

Our partners at Network Rail and Story Contracting successfully completed the installation of the new bridge under the West Coast Main Line railway which provides the new route for the road and foot/cycle ways.

Improving access through Ravenscraig

Ravenscraig Access Infrastructure South

We're creating a new road link and pedestrian and cycle paths into Ravenscraig and making improvements to Airbles Road.

These proposals provide new road and active travel routes, and make improvements to existing, to support the development and regeneration of Ravenscraig.

The project

What's happening now?

Between Motherwell and Ravenscraig

After receiving detailed planning permission in September 2021 for the first parts of RAI South, we entered an agreement with Network Rail and their contractor, Story Contracting

Story Contracting completed the installation of the new bridge during April and completed works to fully reinstate the railway over the summer.

You can find out information on the installation of the bridge, which was one of the largest bridge lifts in Europe. 

Alongside the completion of the bridge works, we have been making preparations for the development of the new road and foot/cycle paths that will connect Motherwell and Ravenscraig .

Following the completion of the new car dealership at Windmillhill Street and the relocation of the last tenants, we will appoint a contractor to begin demolition and clearance of the buildings and sites in Motherwell needed for the road link. Demolition work will commence on site in Spring and will be followed by works to prepare the ground within the Ravenscraig site.  

What we have permission to do

Between Motherwell and Ravenscraig 

Create a new road

The proposed new dual carriageway will join the existing road at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility and connect with Motherwell.

The new road will include a new roundabout to provide access to future development areas in Ravenscraig. The speed limit on the dual carriageway within Ravenscraig will be 40 miles per hour, dropping to 30 miles per hour at the railway line and on into Motherwell.

As the new road approaches Windmillhill Street, it will cross Orbiston Street and there will be access to this from the dual carriageway from left in/left out junctions.

Ravenscraig - City Deal New Road and Roundabout aerial

Provide a bridge across the railway line

The new dual carriageway road will go under the railway line and not go over it.

We have worked closely with Network Rail to develop the proposals for the bridge, and we think it is the best option.

This means there will be a much smaller structure that will have less impact on the area and create a better route for walking, cycling and wheeling.

Ravenscraig - City Deal new bridge

Create a new roundabout at Windmillhill Street

The new roundabout is much bigger than the existing roundabout. This is because of the level of traffic expected in the future and to enable safe movements of all vehicles including heavy goods vehicles.

The speed limit on this road is proposed to remain at 30 miles per hour.

Ravenscraig new roundabout

Walking, cycling and wheeling

There will be shared use footways/cycleways along the new and improved sections of road and these will connect to both the existing and new paths that are part of the Ravenscraig Masterplan to enable active travel throughout the area.


Completing the dualling of Airbles Road

RAI overview

Our proposals for improvements to the western end of Airbles Road include:

  • Completing the dualling of Airbles Road between Airbles Farm Road and Hamilton Road to create a dual carriageway including central reserve and improving the capacity and safety of the left turn from Airbles Road to Hamilton Road with an increase in the radius of the corner.

RAI Airbles Road

  • Providing controlled toucan crossing for pedestrian and cyclists crossings at the junction with Hamilton Road.
  • Fully signalising the junction with Airbles Farm Road and providing a new toucan crossing.

RAI Airbles Road 2

  • Improving footways/cycleways including providing a new shared footway/cycleway on the north side of Airbles Road from Tinkers Lane to Hamilton Road.

The closeness of junctions and available land means that for road safety we propose to no longer allow vehicles to turn right out of Greenaces on to Airbles Road or for vehicles to turn right from Airbles Road on to Greenacres. Road users who want to head east on Airbles Road will instead join Airbles Road from Airbles Farm Road.

Similarly, we propose to no longer allow vehicles to turn left or right out of Tinkers Lane onto Airbles Road or for vehicles to turn right from Airbles Road onto Tinkers Lane. Road users who want to join Hamilton Road to head towards Hamilton or the motorway will instead join Hamilton Road at the north end of Tinkers Lane.

The works to mitigate the impacts of the proposed works include noise acoustic barriers on the north side of Airbles Road.

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Page last updated:
22 Feb 2024

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