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‘Unavoidable’ seven-month road closure amidst town’s regeneration announced

South Lanarkshire Council has announced “unavoidable” traffic disruption is expected in Lanark for more than half a year.

A section of Woodstock Road will need to close for up to seven months to allow the regeneration of the derelict Royal Oak Hotel to take place.

The £4m project will turn the site into social housing as part of a major town centre development.

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Temporary road closures between Bannatyne Street and Thomas Taylor Avenue will come into effect on Sunday, May 30 from 6am.

This will allow for scaffolding associated with redevelopment to be put up.

Signed diversion routes will operate for the entire period of the closure.

'Unavoidable' seven-month road closure amidst town's regeneration announced
Clyde Valley Housing Association will redevelop the site to new social housing

Access to Wellhead Court and Thomas Taylor Avenue will be maintained from the northern end of Woodstock Road.

The diversion will be via Woodstock Road, Kenilworth Road, St Leonard Street, Bannatyne Street and vice versa.

SLC’s enterprise and community resources committee chairman, Councillor John Anderson, said the closure was “unavoidable” to allow for this regeneration project to go ahead.

He told Lanarkshire Live: “I know the people of Lanark have been very keen to see the Royal Oak Hotel site brought back into use.

“I apologise for the inevitable inconvenience while this work is underway but I think there will be widespread agreement that it is going to be worth it to deliver these new, affordable homes in the heart of the town.”

South Lanarkshire Council awarded £345,000 to the project under the programme of support for regeneration and town centre investment.

The new social housing is by Clyde Valley Housing Association.

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