Glasgow & West Scotland

M74 extension opens to cyclists, walkers and runners

Cyclists, runners and walkers on M74
Image caption The M74 extension is to be opened to cars next month

The new M74 extension in Glasgow has been opened to cyclists, walkers and runners for a one-off charity day.

About 20,000 participants will take part in Bike-n-Hike before the section of motorway opens to cars on 28 June.

The route starts at Shields Road car park, and involves a 14km round trip to Fullarton Roundabout, or a 4km route to and from Polmadie Road.

The £657m M74 completion project links the end of the existing M74 with the M8 southwest of the Kingston Bridge.

Work on the extension began in 2008, and it will open almost nine months ahead of schedule.

The cost of the project is being met by the Scottish government through Transport Scotland and Glasgow, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire councils.

The work was carried out by Interlink M74, a joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est, Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine.

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