WORK on the redevelopment and expansion of Motherwell railway station is progressing, ScotRail has said.
Now entering the fifth phase of the £14.5 million project, work is underway to expand the station concourse to allow for an enhanced station forecourt and building with glazed roof, creating a ‘brighter and more modern’ station.
Work to lay the foundations of the new expanded concourse is set to get underway in the coming weeks, as well as the steel structure – which will become the new larger station building – continuing to be erected.
Balfour Beatty is leading on works, with North Lanarkshire Council also carrying out work to overhaul the public realm outside the station building to create a new transport hub, with support from the Glasgow city region city deal.
This includes an expanded bus facility, new station access road, car drop-off area and blue-badge parking, as well as improved facilities for taxis and pedestrian and cycle access. Once complete, ScotRail said it will improve links between bus and train services as well as reducing congestion in the town centre.
John MacDonald, ScotRail senior project manager, said, “We’re now at a really exciting stage of this project, where customers can see the scale of the work we’re undertaking to create a bigger, brighter station. We’re progressing the installation of the steel frame and glazed roof across the concourse which will give customers more of a feel for how the new station building will look.
“Motherwell is ready for a railway station that matches the town’s dynamic and forward-looking perspective. I’m confident that these improvements will create a welcoming station for customers, and that’s key to making rail more attractive option as we look to encourage more people back to the railway.”