Trans­port moves for­ward

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE -

One of the rea­sons I am op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of Shotts is the huge in­vest­ment in new trans­port links which the Scot­tish Govern­ment is mak­ing in the area.

The M8 upgrade will be a great boost for Shotts, when it is com­pleted next year.

The new in­vest­ment in rail con­nec­tions to and from Shotts, with the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the Glas­gow/ Ed­in­burgh line, will also be of great ben­e­fit to lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses in Shotts.

Al­ready the re-open­ing of the new Ben­har Bridge has trans­formed the Ben­har Road ap­proach into Shotts.

That in­vest­ment has fa­cil­i­tated the fu­ture op­er­a­tion of high level trains through Shotts as well as led to a huge im­prove­ment in the road lay­out.

Net­work Rail and North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, sup­ported by the Scot­tish Govern­ment, have done a first class job in bring­ing this part of the road net­work around Shotts into the 21 st cen­tury; some­thing that was long over­due.

The next big im­prove­ment will be to the Sta­tion Road Bridge area.

This will be a chal­leng­ing de­vel­op­ment given how crit­i­cal this part of the town is to all who live, work and pass through Shotts.

This pro­ject will in­volve the closure of the road at the Sta­tion Bridge for about a year.

Un­for­tu­nately that is nec­es­sary to com­plete thenec­es­sary works.

But we have to en­sure that in do­ing this we don’t un­nec­es­sar­ily di­vide Shotts such that lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses find it too dif­fi­cult to get from one part of the town to an­other.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil, along with the lo­cal coun­cil­lors, Neil Gray MP and my­self, have made it clear to Net­work Rail that they must do more to pro­vide pub­lic trans­port so that all parts of Shotts re­main ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­body whilst these works are go­ing on.

If this doesn’t hap­pen then many lo­cal busi­nesses will suf­fer badly, pen­sion­ers and oth­ers will find it very dif­fi­cult to ac­cess fa­cil­i­ties which they badly need and the dis­rup­tion will be­come un­bear­able for too many peo­ple. Net­work Rail are a pub­lic body. They have a duty to peo­ple. A lot of peo­ple, es­pe­cially pen­sion­ers, who don’t have ac­cess to a car.

They rely on pub­lic trans­port to get about.

There­fore Net­work Rail must en­sure that a reg­u­lar and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble bus ser­vice is avail­able for all who need it whilst the Sta­tion Bridge road is closed.

Upgrade Al­ready the re-open­ing of the new Ben­har Bridge has trans­formed the Ben­har Road ap­proach into Shotts”.

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