You taking us for a ride?

Frustrated residents say they have waited long enough for the overgrown area to be made into a car park.
Frustrated residents say they have waited long enough for the overgrown area to be made into a car park.
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Developers have insisted a long awaited park and ride in a Motherwell estate is on its way after residents again hit out at delays.

It was expected the large car park would be built beside Shieldmuir train station when families started moving into homes in and around Excelsior Street eight years ago.

That didn’t happen and the area became an eyesore as it was overgrown with weeds.

Two years ago the Motherwell Times highlighted the issue. It emerged developers Taylor Wimpey, North Lanarkshire Council and Network Rail were all involved and agreement hadn’t been reached on issues such as CCTV and lighting.

This week one resident, Angela McCarthy, said: “We thought back in 2013 it would be sorted out, but nothing’s happened since and we’ve been more than patient.

“There are 500 households in this large area and some residents who would use the park and ride currently drive to Motherwell station.

“There have been concerns that Shieldmuir station could close because of low passenger numbers, but if the park and ride was here and the area better lit at night the station would be seen as safer and more people would use it.”

Stephen Andrew, associate technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, insisted the project is very much on the cards.

He said: “We are making progress with the plan to provide a park and ride facility, the associated infrastructure and landscaping that is required at Shieldmuir.

“Currently the project of works is out to tender with a view to construction work starting in late summer. We would like to reassure the local residents that we remain committed to this project.”

A council spokesman said: “Construction consent is required for the access road to the new park and ride car park at Shieldmuir. We are waiting on all the necessary information from Taylor Wimpey before the consent process can be progressed.”

Residents are also angry that a boundary fence in the estate next to a lorry storage base has virtually disappeared.

Hundreds of six-foot wooden pallets have been stolen and residents fear their factor will bill them for a replacement. Police have been informed.