Council u-turn on Motherwell town centre road closure

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

A plan to close a busy road in Motherwell town centre for resurfacing works this weekend has been scrapped by North Lanarkshire Council.

It was announced last week that West Hamilton Street would be shut between its junctions with Watson Street and Hamilton Road from 7pm tonight (Friday) until 6am on Monday.

The council said the closure was needed to allow road resurfacing works to be carried out and arrangements were put in place to divert traffic either via Muir Street, Hope Street and Menteith Road or along Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road and Hamilton Road.

The council also announced plans to undertake high mast lighting works and this was done last night (Thursday).

However the weekend closure for carriageway resurfacing will not go ahead and the work had been cancelled.

When the Times and Speaker revealed the closure plans last week we received a host of complaints from readers angry at the closure and the timing of it to coincide with a busy Christmas shopping weekend.

And a council spokesperson admitted: “The resurfacing work to be carried out at the weekend has been cancelled following discussions with Motherwell Shopping Centre and Asda.

“The work would have caused disruption to traffic in the town centre on what’s likely to be one of the busiest weekends for shoppers in the run up to Christmas. The work will be rescheduled for the new year.”