Project at The Loaning is delayed

A project to improve roads around The Loaning in Motherwell has been disrupted by the coronavirus epidemic.

The project is a response to the biggest public consultation on roads in North Lanarkshire, which identified two main concerns – the safety of pedestrians crossing the roads and calls for more speed restrictions.

North Lanarkshire Council planned out four phases of work involving different sections of road, namely:

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Between Dechmont Avenue and Logans Road, including the area around the shops

At the junction with Ladywell Road

The area next to Ailsa Nursery Centre

The junction with Hamilton Road

The next step in the process was to discuss proposals with residents and businesses which would be affected by works between Dechmont Avenue and Logans Road, but these discussions have now been postponed due to the ongoing emergency.

Depute leader of the council  Paul Kelly said: “We were making very good progress with the plans for phase one before the impact of coronavirus. Explaining in detail those proposals to the residents and businesses in that section of the road is critical to the success of the changes, which we will then publicise more widely.

“Those plans, which were due to be put in place over the last two weeks, have had to be put on hold as a temporary measure. The council has a number of complex steps to work through to deliver better outcomes for the residents, businesses and users of The Loaning and the surrounding area.

“This slight delay is unfortunate, and frustrating, but we are determined that these works will happen as quickly as possible. The council will be in direct contact with those residents as soon as possible so that we can get the best possible outcome. In the meantime, we will continue to develop the proposals for the junction with Ladywell Road, the area next to Ailsa Nursery and the junction with Hamilton Road.

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