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Key infrastructure funding boosts Ravenscraig development

Words: Roger Milne
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The councils involved in the Glasgow Region City Deal have agreed to expenditure of about £70 million on a package of crucial transport measures to improve the infrastructure serving the area around the Ravenscraig site in North Lanarkshire, identified as a strategic development location for the sub-region.

At 455 hectares, the former steelworks represents one of Europe's largest brownfield regeneration sites and accounts for 13 per cent of the Glasgow city region’s vacant and derelict land.

This funding, which involves some reprioritising of city deal resources, will see new and upgraded roads from the M74 at Motherwell – through Ravenscraig, to the M8 at Eurocentral, and onward past Airdrie – and a new link road to the A73 south of Cumbernauld.

The road schemes are key to progressing the redevelopment of the huge site, which is the subject of a revised masterplan now under consideration by North Lanarkshire Council.

This new blueprint includes proposals for:

  • 3,000 new homes
  • 19,000 square metres of office space
  • 63,000 square metres of industrial space
  • 30,000 square metres of retail space
  • five primary schools
  • an extension to the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • a new seven-hectare town park

Paul Kelly, deputy leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The regeneration of Ravenscraig is of major strategic and economic importance to North Lanarkshire and the wider area.

“Channelling our resources into creating a first-class infrastructure at Ravenscraig will bolster future investment from the private sector to create homes, businesses and job opportunities – potentially creating 6,500 jobs and generating £360 million in gross value added for the local economy."

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