Plan ahead as Motherwell hosts Boyne celebration

The Orange Lodge takes to the streets of Motherwell on Saturday
The Orange Lodge takes to the streets of Motherwell on Saturday

Road users are warned of likely traffic disruption on streets in and around Motherwell on Saturday when the County Grand Lodge of Scotland holds its Boyne Celebration procession.

Up to 100 bands, with approximately 12,000 participants, will be taking part with a further 10,000 people expected to turn-out to view the parade.

While the procession does not begin until 12.30pm, there will be a number of feeder marches taking place before participants assemble at Duchess of Hamilton Park in the town for a public meeting at 11am.

Roads most affected will be: Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Menteith Road, Muir Street, Milton Street, Woodburn Street, Mill Road, Merry Street, Wilson Street, Allan Street, Coursington Road and Albert Street.

However, there will be a number of roads closures during the day, particularly on side roads leading to the march route.

It is expected to take approximately two and a half hours for the full parade to complete the 2.9 miles route.

North Lanarkshire Council’s executive director of Regeneration and Environmental Services Paul Jukes said: “We would advise motorists to check their planned routes carefully ahead of the march.

“While we are working closely with Police Scotland to ensure smooth traffic flow, delays are inevitable.

“We are also advising pedestrians and local residents to plan ahead.

“Measures are in place to maintain homecare support and urgent property maintenance visits.”

Police Scotland Supt John McTear hopes the atmosphere on the day will remain “convivial” and warned people drinking in the streets will not be tolerated.

He said: “We have been liaising closely with event organisers and the local authority to ensure the event causes minimum disruption to road users and local community and will be policed appropriately.

“Inevitably there will be a high volume of people participating in the event and I would advise communities to plan travel well ahead on the day.

“I am sure that this event will have a convivial atmosphere, but I must remind anyone attending that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the street or in any public place such as the Duchess of Hamilton Park and officers will be ensuring that people comply with this legislation.”

County Grand Master Charles Cefferty told anyone thinking of causing trouble to stay at home.

He said: “The County Grand Lodge of Central Scotland has worked very closely with North Lanarkshire Council and Police Scotland to ensure that robust measures and preparations are in place allowing for a successful event.

“We recognise that an event of this size will bring some disruption and the pre-event planning agreed with both North Lanarkshire Council and Police Scotland will mitigate against any inconvenience that might occur.

“We anticipate those members participating will enjoy the experience and request that they respect the area and residents.

“To those who intend coming along to spectate, please do so in a responsible manner. The County Grand Lodge of Central Scotland fully supports the ban on consuming alcohol in public places.

“If the intention is to booze or act irresponsibly then we want you to stay at home.”

First Glasgow has confirmed that bus services around Motherwell will face diversions, or in some cases will stop short of their final destination, particularly from 11.30am-3.30pm.

Bus stops will be signposted with alternative pick-up locations and additional staff will be ‘on street’ to help keep people informed of bus changes.

Margaret Mayer, First Glasgow’s Business Director (Lanarkshire), said: “On Saturday there will be a number of changes to where people can get on or off the bus around the Motherwell area.

“We’ll be working hard to get people where they want to go despite the road closures that will be in place.

“We’re advising our customers to allow extra time for their journeys and, if they’re not sure how or where to get the bus during the event on Saturday, they should look out for our on-street team who will be out and about and ready to help.”

Full details of the diversions can be found at First Glasgow