North Lanarkshire has three infrastructure projects totalling £172.5 million and the £4 million business growth and innovation MediCity project
A8/M8 Corridor Access Improvements
- Holytown Link Rd - missing road/roundabout infrastructure from Holytown into Eurocentral. It will support development of this strategic commercial site and alleviate congestion on the A775 at Holytown. It provides integration with the Park & Ride project and the M8 upgrade. It will also enhance personal security for pedestrians and cyclists who may have concerns about using the adjacent remote cycle path during darkness;
- New Park & Ride within Eurocentral - in excess of 200 new spaces to link with future bus service provision. It will help to facilitate a more extensive public transport provision, improving accessibility and social inclusion, and assisting journeys along the A8/M8 corridor. The facility will improve safety on the trunk road network by reducing overall vehicle-kilometres through transferring individual car trips to buses;
- New Roundabout @ Orchard Farm (A8) - This will open up commercial development (and support the Mossend Railhead Freight Park - subject to planning, levering in significant private sector investment), improving freight facilities across the wider region. This is the project with the most significant economic benefits as a result of the employment opportunities Mossend could create.
Gartcosh/Glenboig Community Growth Area
- A80 Link Road - Provision of a new road, to provide an alternative route from the Gartcosh/Glenboig area to the A80 and the trunk road network. It will deliver increased accessibility to and integration with the core road network, helping to improve local air quality by reducing traffic levels at the often congested Station Road/Cumbernauld Road junction.
- Gartcosh Business Park to Glenboig Link Road - Construction of a new link road with adjoining shared-use footway/cycleway, delivering increased accessibility to the core road network and to Gartcosh Station, helping to address social exclusion by providing a more direct route to the station from Glenboig. It will also enhance personal security for pedestrians and cyclists who may have concerns about using the adjacent remote cycle path during darkness to access Gartcosh Station.
- Gartsherrie Freightliner Link Rd & M73 Junction 2a Improvement - A new road from Gartcosh Business Park to Freightliner and Gartsherrie, with associated junction improvements to M73 Junction 2A, which will promote stalled investment and enable delivery of the Kilgarth railhead, a strategically integrated rail to road facility, removing HGV traffic from existing local roads, improving both air quality and road safety in the North Coatbridge area), improving freight facilities across the wider region.
- Gartcosh Station Park & Ride extension - up to 300 new spaces to expand capacity and performance at this existing facility to meet the increased demand from the new housing provision, improving accessibility, helping tackle social inclusion, and assisting journeys along the M73/ M80 corridor. The facility will improve safety on the local and trunk road networks by reducing overall vehicle-kilometres by transferring car trips to rail.
Pan Lanarkshire Orbital Transport Corridor
- East Airdrie Link Road - new single carriageway from Carfin/Newhouse to Stand to provide an alternative and more direct north-south route, providing integration with the local and trunk road networks, improving air quality by reducing traffic volumes and congestion of the A73, particularly through the AQMA in Chapelhall;
- Muir St Extension - new carriageway that will complement and improve the existing Motherwell TC ring road, improving traffic circulation and bus service efficiency, improving accessibility to the public transport network, helping to tackle social inclusion for those without access to a private car;
- Motherwell Train Station Park & Ride/Footbridge - additional park & ride facility to help to meet the current demand, improving accessibility and social inclusion and assisting people movements along the M74 corridor. The facility will improve safety on the local and trunk road networks by reducing overall vehicle-kilometres by transferring car trips to rail. Improving accessibility and social inclusion through linking the improved Park & Ride facility with Motherwell Town Centre and Motherwell Train Station. It will also improve safety and security through providing a dedicated vehicle-free route to train and local bus services;
- M74/A723 Junction Improvements - improved access from Junction 6 of the M74 into Motherwell, alleviating congestion and improving traffic flow and thereby reducing the environmental impact from queuing vehicles, while providing better integration with the local and trunk road networks, helping to improve transport economic efficiency.
MediCity Scotland is a dedicated medical technology incubation facility based at Biocity Scotland Ltd in Newhouse. The state-of-the-art facility is a physical hub for new and existing medical technology and healthcare businesses in Scotland and will be a focus for expertise in the sector.
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