Motherwell town centre road repairs called off again

West Hamilton Street at its junction with Hamilton Road
West Hamilton Street at its junction with Hamilton Road

Repairs to a busy road in Motherwell town centre which were due to take place this weekend have been postponed for a second time - because it will be too cold.

Drivers had been facing disruption because West Hamilton Street was due to be closed for resurfacing from 7pm tonight (Friday) until 6am on Monday.

But North Lanarkshire Council has now called off the work because cold weather won’t allow concrete to set.

The road was due to be shut between its junctions with Watson Street and Hamilton Road with diversions in place to reroute traffic either via Hamilton Road, Muir Street, Hope Street, Menteith Road and West Hamilton Street or along West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street, Airbles Road and Hamilton Road.

The work was originally due to take place in December but was put on hold after a barrage of complaints about the disruption the scheduled date would have to Christmas shoppers.

A new date for the work has yet to be finalised.

Motherwell councillor Michael Ross said he was unhappy at the latest postponement of the work.

He said: “How do they manage to build roads in Siberia?

“This seems poor planning, particularly to be postponing it at such short notice. I am very disappointed at the added uncertainty.

“We all know that we are going to face a horrible weekend of disruption while this work is done but to postpone it to some unspecfied date as some point in the future isn’t the best.”