New park and footpaths will join up Ravenscraig to other areas

Proposals for new cycling and walking routes through Ravenscraig are being published for the public to give their views – and half of these plans will ideally be implemented later this year, pending planning permission.

A new path to the sports facility

North Lanarkshire Council has been working with Sustrans and Ravenscraig Limited to improve connections between Ravenscraig and neighbouring communities and to expand the active travel network in an ambitious move that could re-draw the area’s map for both commuting and leisure purposes.

The two key elements of the project are a south-north link to connect Craigneuk, via “The Castings” housing development, off Meadowhead Road, with the Regional Sports Facility and even a new public park.

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Also planned is an east-west link to connect Craigneuk, via The Castings housing development, to New College Lanarkshire Motherwell Campus.

It’s proposed the paths will have lighting, seating, landscaping with wildflower areas and woodland planting, play features along the route, fencing and CCTV where possible.

NLC, Senior Project Manager Jonathan Speed said: " As the Ravenscraig site develops with new housing, business, retail, schools and leisure, we want the area to be accessible for everyone for walking and cycling.

“These active travel routes will provide direct, off-road links from the south to the facilities within Ravenscraig, as well as connecting to a wider network of paths to Motherwell, Wishaw and Carfin.

“The project is an important part of the Ravenscraig masterplan, and we would like to hear from as many people as possible during our consultation to ensure the proposals meet the need of residents.”

The project is being funded by Transport Scotland and Sustrans, through their ‘Places for Everyone’ programme.

Feedback from the consultation will inform the final plans for the project, then the council will apply for planning permission.

An online consultation, including a short survey, is now underway and available at https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/regeneration-and-investment/ravenscraig-active-travel-links

The link which asks for your feedback will remain online until Monday, February 22.