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North Lanarkshire Link Road Gets Go Ahead From City Deal
A new road designed to unlock developments in Gartcosh and Glenboig over the next 20 years reached a milestone this week with approval by Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet.
North Lanarkshire Council will construct the road and two roundabouts to open up access between Glenboig, Gartcosh Business Park and the M73. The project is estimated to cost £6 million. It is a key part of the infrastructure needed to develop the Gartcosh/Glenboig Community Growth Area and attract inward investment for business and industry at Gartcosh Business Park.
This is the first infrastructure project to be undertaken in North Lanarkshire through the £1.13 billion City Deal for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
Councillor Allan Graham, convener of the regeneration and infrastructure committee, said: “This new road is a catalyst for the regeneration of Gartcosh and Glenboig, opening up opportunities for sustainable residential and business developments.
“It will mean improved access for residents in these villages, and boost the potential of this location to developers we already know are keen to invest there. The Gartcosh Glenboig Community Growth Area is expected to see around 3,000 new houses built over the next 20 years, and this new road is an essential part of the infrastructure needed to deliver this ambition.
“This project supports the economic growth objectives of City Deal to meet increasing demand for housing and support economic prosperity in the City region for the future.”
The project will include:
Improvements to Auldyards Road, the road into Gartcosh Business Park from Junction 2 of the M73
Construction of a new road between Gartcosh Business Park and Glenboig and creating a new roundabout at Glenboig Road
Installing new lighting, foot and cycle paths and drainage, and
Extending Gartcosh Local Nature Reserve by approximately 2.15 hectares and creating a new entrance feature.
Having sealed approval of the Outline Business Case, the local authority will be able to begin the tender process for the construction work and prepare a Full Business Case for approval by the City Deal Cabinet in October.
It is hoped that work will begin on site by the end of 2016.