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Motherwell town centre and rail station

Muir Street

The work on Muir Street is continuing.

Artists impression of the new station forecourt and Muir Street
Artist's impression of the new Motherwell Station forecourt and Muir Street

Improving bus and taxi facilities

We are improving the current bus and taxi facilities at Muir Street with City Deal funding.

Bus stop 

The bus stop on Muir Street has been relocated temporarily to beyond the roundabout at Hope Street, next to the footbridge over the railway line. This is to allow a larger bus stop to be built.

The larger bus stop will be completed and reopened in Spring 2023. The bus shelter has also been refurbished and reinstalled.

Taxi rank

The taxi rank on Muir Street has been temporarily closedThere is an alternative taxi rank at High Road. 

A new taxi rank is being built on a new access road to Motherwell Rail Station, from the roundabout at Hamilton Road/West Hamilton Street. The new access road will join Muir Street at the station forecourt and will also have drop-off/pick up area and disabled parking bays to the front of the station.

By working with ScotRail as they upgrade Motherwell Rail Station, we will ensure the projects complement each other and make the most of the available funding.

The work we are doing on Muir Street started on 10 January 2022 and is expected to finish in Spring 2023. The new taxi rank and access road will open then.

The final proposals for Muir Street have been developed thanks to the feedback you provided during the consultation in June 2018.

Motherwell Rail Station upgrade and Muir Street project

Video of Councillor Kelly talking about the project

What will the project provide?

  • create a high-quality bus, train and bike transport interchange on Muir Street
  • expansion of bus facility on Muir Street
  • a new station access road with new facilities for taxis
  • car drop-off and disabled parking
  • improvements to pedestrian and cycling access

To help you, we have provided answers to the questions we think you may have about the project. 

Please use our interactive plan to find out more about what the project will provide on Muir Street.

The project

What's happening now?

Balfour Beatty are the contractor carrying out the work.

The work started in January and is expected to be complete in Spring 2023. It will be coordinated with the work at Motherwell Rail Station to reduce disruption to local businesses and residents.

Alternative pedestrian routes will be in place to the station entrance during this work and until the work at the station is complete.

The work at the station is also expected to be complete in Spring 2023.

Road diversion map

Site progress video

Video of progress onsite from January - July 2022

On-site bus and taxi facilities

To make space to build a larger bus stop on Muir Street, the existing taxi rank and bus stop on Muir Street will need to be closed for several months.

While these are closed, other and temporary facilities will be provided.

Bus stop

  • a temporary bus stop has been provided on Muir Street next to the Ladywell footbridge. Alternative bus stops are available nearby on Hamilton Road across from the library and on Merry Street in the town centre
  • the bus stop is due to reopen in January
  • the bus shelter on Muir Street has been refurbished and reinstalled.

Taxi rank

  • taxis are able to use the taxi rank at High Road across from the Heritage Centre
  • the new taxi rank is due to open in Spring 2023.

Interactive project plan

Interactive plan of the Muir Street project

Planning application

In July 2021, we received planning permission for the proposals to improve Muir Street.

You can view all the information on this by using the reference number 20/00345/FUL on our online planning system.

What's happening next?

The work at Muir Street is expected to be finished by the end of January. The work at Motherwell Rail Station is expected to be complete by spring 2023.

As part of the contract Balfour Beatty will provide work experience opportunities, a careers event with local schools, and contributions towards local community projects.

What else are we doing?

Design work for walking, wheeling and cycling route improvements on Muir Street, Bellshill Road, Hope Street and Pollock Street has been completed

Work to widen the path from Merry Street at the Woodcutter pub, past the Aquatec centre to the pedestrian crossing on Hope Street, has been completed. New signs have also been installed. 

Work to widen the path on Muir Street and Bellshill Road, from Milton Street to Braidhurst Industrial Estate has started. This work will be complete by February 2023.

Work on Hope Street and Pollock Street to improve pedestrian and cyclist routes and access to Motherwell rail station is also planned. This work is expected to start in May 2023 and be complete by summer 2023.

Page last updated:
23 Feb 2023

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