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SPT secures funding for bus service that will breathe new life into the North Lanarkshire transport network

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has successfully secured £300,000 from Transport Scotland’s Bus Investment Fund towards a new bus service in North Lanarkshire. This service, to be called the North Lanarkshire Connector, will significantly improve links for communities to access social and economic opportunities.

It is proposed (subject to Partnership approval) that SPT matches this investment to enable the purchase of new buses.   

Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive, said:

“SPT is committed to delivering a public transport service that is socially inclusive – giving everyone in the communities we serve access to social and economic opportunities.

“As the Regional Transport Partnership for North Lanarkshire it is important that we work closely with partners to contribute to on-going regeneration efforts.

“We are delighted with the award and we believe that we can use this to provide a boost to communities and businesses across North Lanarkshire.”

The North Lanarkshire Connector will provide links to towns across the area, Maxim Business Park, Eurocentral, BioCity, Ravenscraig Sports Centre, Motherwell College and to Monklands Hospital, amongst other hubs. It will create a vital link to education, social and health facilities as well as open up employment opportunities.

The Connector will provide further integration of the transport network in North Lanarkshire by creating direct links with the existing bus network and key rail stations, providing opportunities for onward travel across Scotland.

It is hoped that once this service has been running for a three year period, it will have established itself as commercially viable – creating a long-term, sustainable transport solution in an area of Scotland where it is most needed.