North Lanarkshire Council has given planning permission for the relocation of Caldercruix station.
The station is a key part of Network Rail’s new Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, and it will be relocated to the site of the old Caldercruix station, which closed in 1956.
Network Rail director Scotland Ron McAulay said: “This is great news for this vital project. As well as providing a better option from an engineering perspective, the new location also brings the station closer to the heart of Caldercruix, improving access for local people and complementing existing transport facilities.”
The relocation was proposed after extensive ground investigations around the former Caldercruix paper mill bordering the first station site revealed significant environmental and technical issues with plans to drain three of its five pulp lagoons. Drainage of the lagoons would have been required to allow for the creation of an access road and parking at the planned station.
Funded by Transport Scotland, the £300 million Airdrie-Bathgate rail link will provide an additional passenger route through the central belt between Edinburgh and Glasgow, with four trains each hour in each direction.