About the project
What the project has done
Public transport facilities have been improved and a high-quality transport hub at Motherwell Rail Station created. ScotRail has delivered improvements to Motherwell Rail Station, with funding support from Transport Scotland, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and the council. We have delivered transport infrastructure improvements on Muir Street.
The project has:
- improved the rail station building with a new roof and external finishes
- improved passenger waiting facilities
- provided a larger concourse and new ticket and retail facilities
- provided a wider station forecourt and new cycle storage racks
On Muir Street, the bus stop facility has been expanded to provide space for up to four buses and a new bus shelter with Real-Time Passenger information.
The project provides:
- a new access road and footway/cycleway to the station from Hamilton Road
- a new taxi rank
- replacement disabled parking bays and a drop-off area next to the station forecourt
How Motherwell has benefited
Access to public transport services (local, regional and national) has been improved along with facilities for passengers using the station and Muir Street bus stop.
A safer, more welcoming environment at the station and on Muir Street has been created for:
- rail and bus passengers
- town centre users
- local residents and visitors
The project has:
- helped transform Motherwell town centre and is part of our vision for the town
- improved connectivity and create a better impression on arrival into or travelling from Motherwell by public transport
- provide an improved environment for existing businesses and residents
- reduced traffic congestion in Motherwell town centre at Muir Street
It will also encourage businesses and people to locate here.
How North Lanarkshire has benefited
Motherwell Rail Station's role as a transport hub within Lanarkshire and the wider Glasgow City Region has been improved.
It has helped link communities in Motherwell and North Lanarkshire better to employment, training and education opportunities across the region and attract investment to the area.
How the work was funded
Transport Scotland, ScotRail and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport have funded the improvements to the rail station.
The work at Muir Street has been funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal. This is a regional infrastructure investment programme, funded by the UK and Scottish Governments.
We are a member authority of the City Deal. Further information is available on the Glasgow City Region City Deal website.
Are there any approvals still needed?
A Traffic Regulation Order will be needed for the changes to Muir Street.
When was the work completed?
The work at both Motherwell Rail Station and Muir Street was completed in June 2023.
The effect on the environment
Air quality in Motherwell town centre will be improved
Air quality will be improved in the Motherwell Town Centre Air Quality Management Area, by reducing traffic congestion on Muir Street. The project will encourage people to use public transport and active travel more for journeys, therefore, reducing traffic going through the town centre. The larger bus stop and new taxi rank will also help traffic to move better through the town centre at Muir Street.
Carbon emissions will be reduced
Traffic congestion has been reduced in the town centre at Muir Street. This will reduce road traffic emissions from slow-moving and queuing traffic. Public transport quality and accessibility have been improved, this will help to encourage more people to use sustainable transport options. It has created a transport hub at Motherwell Rail Station and improved public transport links across the Glasgow City Region.