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Station at Law is among options being considered

I welcome the Clydesdale STAG report, outlining eight options to improve transport in Clydesdale, and I expect the next phase to consider how to improve public transport to improve access to employment and other services.

The options, covering mainly potential rail, bus and active travel proposals, will now be considered in detail to identify which could be developed for implementation.

The options considered under the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance cover rail travel, including the potential for new rail stations at Law and Symington and rail services from Lanark to Edinburgh and from Carluke to Edinburgh via Carstairs.

Bus services under consideration include a Law to Carluke shuttle, Biggar-Lanark-Symington services, Law services, Carstairs-Lanark-New Lanark services and an M74 corridor Bus Hub, as well as demand-responsive transport serving, in particular, communities in settlements in Southern Clydesdale and rural areas.

Improvement options at Lanark Interchange could include work to the bus service interchange and to the park and ride facilities, while extra park and ride provision could be created at Carstairs.

The options also include active travel infrastructure covering Law, Carluke, Braidwood, Biggar, Symington, Carnwath, Carstairs and Lanark.

The conclusions drawn from this stage are due to be reported in March next year.

This report gives us a major opportunity to consider how we can increase the integration of our transport options, improve access to public transport, and explore how we can strategically improve the offering of transport links in Clydesdale.

Rural transport is one of the most pressing concerns facing our communities - a point reiterated during my recent meeting between local community councils and SPT.

As the options under consideration now go forward to the next phase of the process, the focus must be on delivery, sustainability and the provision of travel options to improve access to employment and key services, as well as supporting tourism in the area.

 

 

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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