Glasgow & West Scotland

'Significant' delays for next phase of M8, M74 and M73 works

M74 at J5 Raith Image copyright Google
Image caption The work comes on top of ongoing roadworks on the M74 at the Raith Interchange

Drivers using the M8, M74 and M73 on the outskirts of Glasgow have been warned to expect increased delays as the next phase of work to improve the motorway network begins.

New gantries are being installed on the M8 and M74, which will lead to three months of "significant" disruption.

The work comes in addition to major roadworks already under way.

Transport Scotland urged motorists to allow extra time or take an alternative route.

To ensure safety the carriageways of sections of the M8 and M74 are being reduced to two lanes and various slip roads will be closed.

Image caption Delays were expected on the M8, M74 and M73
Image copyright Transport Scotland
Image caption Drone footage shows how the new 5km section of the M8, between Shawhead and Baillieston, is taking shape

Significant delays are expected at the following locations:

  • M74 - northbound and southbound between Junction 2A Fullarton and Junction 6 Hamilton
  • M8 - east and westbound from Junction 10 Easterhouse to Junction 8 Baillieston

The work is part of a £500m project to upgrade Scotland's motorway network.

Earlier this month, drone footage revealed the huge scope of work being carried out.

Graeme Reid, Project Manager for the M8 M73 M74 motorway improvements project, said: "Whilst we're doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable, so we're asking motorists to check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates on these key routes, to plan their journeys in advance and to look at taking an alternative route if possible."

Transport Scotland said when complete, the upgrade project would significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, shaving about 20 minutes off the daily commute from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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