Funicular rail from Lanark to New Lanark? Plan video

A funicular rail link between New Lanark and Lanark, an amphitheatre in Delves Park, a one-way system around the Castlegate and Broomgate, and the car park in the Castlegate transformed into a public square for markets.

These are the main elements of a new Vision for Lanark unveiled in the Tolbooth today, Friday, by Lanark Community Development Trust.

Castlegate car park could become a market square under plans for Lanark (Picture Sarah Peters).

Castlegate car park could become a market square under plans for Lanark (Picture Sarah Peters).

Ambitious plans drawn up by architect and urban design specialist Jamie MacFarlane show the Castlegate car park replaced by a town square, and new parking places - almost 90 of them - created in Delves Park, along with new play facilities.

But the Delves Park plans are much grander than that!

The natural slope of the park would be landscaped to produce an amphitheatre where people could watch live entertainment in a new bandstand; and behind the bandstand is the terminus for the funicular rail to New Lanark.

The Wellgate is also on the list for improvements, as is the square outside the Tolbooth.

One note of caution - the money is not exactly available for this year.

“I find the plans very exciting,” said Sylvia Russell, who chairs the Trust.

Butd she said that the plans would cost “megabucks”.

“At the moment they are a vision for Lanark and we need the support of the general public if we are to take this any further.”

The exhibition continues in the Tolbooth tomorrow (Saturday) with the architect and Trust members there to answer question.

Jamie talks about some of the plans in the video here, filmed in an extremely noisy Tolbooth!!