Cycle route consultation

Have your say on cycle paths
Have your say on cycle paths

Proposals for new cycle routes from Holytown and Bellshill are to go on display as part of a consultation exercise.

Members of the public have been invited by North Lanarkshire Council to give their views on the planned routes, which will provide links into the key business areas of Eurocentral, Biocity, Newhouse Industrial Estate and Strathclyde Business Park.

Cycle and walking links are also proposed from the rail stations in Airdrie, Holytown and Bellshill.

The proposals will be on display in Airdrie Library until Tuesday, September 17, with feedback forms available.

Staff and employers at Strathclyde Business Park and the Maxim Office Park/Eurocentral will also have an opportunity to see and comment on the proposals between 11am and 6.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Councillor Jimmy Coyle, planning and transportation committee convener and councillor for Mossend and Holytown, said: “We have already carried out an initial consultation on the plans for a cycle route which indicated considerable interest in the idea and, as a result, we have extended the study area to take in Holytown, Mossend and Bellshill.”

“Now we’re moving forward with more detailed plans and are keen to hear from local people who would be interested in cycling to and from work if the facilities were there.”

The council is using Royal HaskoningDHV Consultancy to help create plans for the cycle route, drawing on their experience in the Netherlands where cycling is a very popular activity.

Councillor David Fagan, convener of the regeneration and infrastructure committee and chairman of a working group considering how to improve transport links to these business areas, added: “By linking key business areas with residential areas and town centres, these cycle routes could create an ideal way to commute to work, which is healthy and environmentally friendly.

“With support from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, this project will help improve employment opportunities for local people and boost the regeneration of North Lanarkshire.”

For more details about the cycle route, or to comment on the consultation, e-mail (quoting Airdrie Cycle Route Study) or phone 01698 274260.