The £14.5 million facelift of Motherwell station, spearheaded by ScotRail, has entered its third phase – with the focus now being on the extension of the forecourt and internal concourse area of the station.
Access in the meantime will change, with passengers now using the newly-improved stairwell onto platform three to also access platform two whilst work is carried out on a new lounge area. Meanwhile the ticket area will move to a temporary unit outside the building, and blue badge spaces are being relocated.
Work will last until Spring 2022.
North Lanarkshire Council will also, as part of the project, be making improvements to Muir Street, next to the station. The work is being done with support from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
This part of the project will include an expanded bus facility, new station access road, car drop-off area and disabled parking, as well as improved facilities for taxis and pedestrian and cycle access. Planning permission has now been granted for these improvements.
On completion, the whole project will deliver:
- An enhanced station forecourt and building with glazed roof and brighter, larger concourse;
- Improved ticket retailing facilities;
- Enhanced retail opportunities;
- Upgraded staff facilities;
- Refurbished customer toilets and waiting facilities;
- Improvements to pedestrian and cycling access;
- Improved rail/bus interchange on Muir Street;
- New facilities for taxis, car drop-offs and disabled parking.
As part of the project, North Lanarkshire Council will also be making improvements to Muir Street next to the station with support from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
ScotRail senior project manager, John MacDonald, said: “Phase three of our redevelopment project will see some big changes for customers, who will soon be able enjoy the brand-new lounge area before they catch their train.
“In the meantime, access to platforms 2 and 3 will be different to what people will have become used to over the past year. Customers will now access platforms 2 and 3 using a stairwell within the station building. This is a return to the original passage through the station.
“We thank customers for their patience over the last year with the disruption caused during the Phase 2 platform level works.
“The redevelopment of Motherwell station will transform facilities for customers and open up a wealth of possibilities for Motherwell. It will create a gateway to Glasgow, and beyond; with more travel options, better connections and all in a low-carbon way.”