Town centre park and ride plans unveiled

The grassed area between St Vincent Place and Muir Street is one of two sites being loked at as a potential park and ride in Motherwell
The grassed area between St Vincent Place and Muir Street is one of two sites being loked at as a potential park and ride in Motherwell
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North Lanarkshire Council has submitted plans to build two park and ride facilities to serve Motherwell railway station.

More than 200 spaces would become available if the car parks are constructed to the east of Elm Street behind Motherwell Heritage Centre and on land between St Vincent Place and Muir Street which is currently a landscaped grassed area.

The Elm Street car park would provide 140 spaces, while St Vincent Place/Muir Street would have 62.

Although split over two sites the council views it as one project, they just haven’t been able to identify one site big enough in the town.

A long time proponent of redeveloping Motherwell station, Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy said: “Any park and ride facility has got to be welcomed and would free up a lot of space elsewhere in Motherwell.”

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) are fully in favour of park and rides being established.

SPT vice-chairman David Fagan, who is also a North Lanarkshire councillor, said: “Motherwell station is a key location in the public transport network and parking currently available is pushed to the limit.

“SPT certainly supports the development of park and ride sites across Strathclyde – in fact it is one of SPT’s most successful strategies.”

Anyone wishing to inspect the proposal can visit the eplanning section at www.northlan.gov.uk or in person at the area planning office in the Dalziel Building on Scott Street.

Comments can be made via the website or in writing until Wednesday, October 12.

Full story in September 29 edition of Motherwell Times