Rail users spared disruption . . . but Motherwell road closures will affect buses

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Rail passengers in Motherwell and Bellshill have been spared chaos after the national rail strike planned for Monday and Tuesday was called off.

But there will be disruption to bus services on Tuesday as a result of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race being held in the town.

With roads closed to accomodate racers - whose will ride a circuit starting and finishing at Hamilton Road and taking in High Road, Farm Street, Ladywell Road and Douglas Street - First bus has advised customers that some servies will be affected.

They include: 201, 209, 241, 266 and X11 and the following diversions will be in operation.

Services 201 towards Petersburn: Normal route to Hamilton Road at Airbles Road, Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Brandon Street, West Hamilton Street, Hamilton Road, Muir Street and normal route.

Service 201 towards Hairmyres: Normal route to Brandon Parade East, Hamilton Road, West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road, Hamilton Road and normal route.

Service 209 towards Bellshill: Normal route to The Loaning at Hamilton Road then Hamilton Road, Tinkers Lane, Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Brandon Street, West Hamilton Street, Hamilton Road and normal route.

Service 209 towards North Motherwell: normal route to Merry Street then Hamilton Road, West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road, Tinkers Lane, Hamilton Road, The Loaning and normal route.

Service 241 towards North Motherwell: Normal route to West Hamilton Street, circle roundabout at Hamilton Road return back along West Hamilton Street, right Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, right Airbles Road, left Hamilton Road and normal route.

Service 241 towards Cleland: normal route to Pirnmill Avenue turning circle before returning along Logans Road, Bellshill Road, Hope Street and normal route.

Service 266 towards Hamilton: Normal route to West Hamilton Street then Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road, Hamilton Road and normal route.

Service 266 towards Newmains/Shotts: Normal route to Hamilton Road at Airbles Road, Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Brandon Street, Menteith Road, Pollock Street, Brandon Parade East, West Hamilton Street and normal route.

Service X11 towards Glasgow: Normal route to West Hamilton Street, to the roundabout at Hamilton Road then back along West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street, Windmillhill Street, Airbles Road, Hamilton Road and normal route.

Service X11 Newmains/Cleland: Normal route to Hamilton Road at Airbles Road, Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Brandon Street, West Hamilton Street, up to the roundabout at Hamilton Road then back along West Hamilton Street, Brandon Street and normal route.

Margaret Mayer, First Glasgow’s business director in Lanarkshire, said: “Our services running through Motherwell will be following these diversions in order to keep our customers moving despite major road closures for the cycle event.

“We are working closely with local authorities to make sure any delays are kept to a minimum.”

Hamilon Road will be closed between Nigel Street and West Hamilton Street and Ladywell Road will be shut from Douglas Street to High Road.

The entire lengths of Douglas Street, Orchard Street, Farm Street and High Road will also be closed and diversions will be in place.