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Ravenscraig Active Travel links

Meadowhead Road to Robberhall Road - route description and design

At just over 500 metres in length this route runs east from ‘The Castings’ housing development off Meadowhead Road and down through the wooded embankment and the Ravenscraig Railways Sidings West SINC (Site of Interest for Nature Conservation).

Plan showing the route of the Ravenscraig Active Travel Links

The path slopes as it drops down over a distance of 300 metres through the SINC to the bottom of the embankment. 

It then levels out just past the existing ‘1956’ bridge and continues west along the edge of the SINC rising up slightly to join Robberhall Road at its junction with Enterprise Way, approach to New College Lanarkshire Motherwell Campus and the existing cycle/footway.

Illustrative cross section of path at top of embankment, in the SINC, by Meadowhead Bridge.
Illustrative cross section of path at top of embankment, in the SINC, by Meadowhead Bridge (image by Sweco).

The proposed route through the SINC and down the embankment has been identified as the preferred option after careful consideration of:

  • Minimising the effect on the Site of Interest for Nature Conservation. Ecological surveys and appraisals are being carried out to assess the impact on ecological features, including the nationally important Yellow bird’s-nest and to identify opportunities to improve the biodiversity  through new planting and habitat management.
  • The gradient of the slope as the route drops by approximately 14 metres from Meadowhead Bridge to the bottom of the embankment. 

In proposing the route described above we are seeking to limit how far into the SINC the path goes while remaining open to people walking, cycling or wheeling, including those who use unpowered wheelchairs or other mobility aids heeling.

The proposed design includes the following elements:

  • Path: a 5-metre wide, surfaced path with a central line, contrasting surface tone and signage to  distinguish the cyclepath from the footpath.
  • New area of embankment and potential retaining wall: to address the change in levels and form a path at a suitable gradient the construction of the route through the SINC will involve building up the existing embankment and potentially forming a retaining wall on a short section of the path where it passes the exiting 1956 bridge.
  • Lighting: the intention is to provide street lighting subject to agreeing an appropriate specification which does not disturb or otherwise impact the animal and bird life within the SINC.  
  • Seating: benches spaced approximately 150m apart including at the top, centre and  bottom of the slope, providing an opportunity to rest.
  • CCTV: the intention is to provide CCTV where possible and appropriate with the number and spacing of cameras yet to be determined.
  • Landscaping: this is limited to a narrow grass verge on either side of the path through the SINC with replacement trees planted on the extended embankment. Where the path continues outside the SINC it will be edged by a grass and wildflower mix.   
  • Play on the way: along the section of the path beyond the SINC features such as wander paths, balancing beams, stepping stones and boulders to climb, to add interest to the route and encourage children  to play and explore nature as they travel along the way.
  • Fencing: a post and wire boundary fence along the length of the route.

Examples of play on the way features, wander paths, wildflowers and other elements on the route.

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Page last updated:
08 Feb 2021

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