Mo­tor­way driv­ers face long de­lays

Three months of mayhem

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Mo­torists in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing warned to ex­pect “sig­nif­i­cant” de­lays on the M74 for the next three months.

Trans­port Scot­land will be­gin work on in­stalling new gantries as part of the £ 500mil­lion M8 M73 M74 Mo­tor­way Im­prove­ments Project on Mon­day, Au­gust 8.

The work will take place on both the north­bound and south­bound car­riages be­tween junc­tion 2a Fuller­ton, just across the river from Cam­bus­lang, and junc­tion 6, Hamil­ton.

Ma­jor traf­fic man­age­ment is re­quired along the net­work to en­sure these works are car­ried out safely. This in­cludes re­duc­ing the car­riage­way to two lanes in each di­rec­tion and, at times, will re­sult in the clo­sure of var­i­ous slip roads.

The work on the M74 is ex­pected to last three months.

There will also be dis­rup­tion on the M73, be­tween junc­tion 1 Maryville to junc­tion 2, Bail­lieston, from mid –Septem­ber for ap­prox­i­mately six weeks, and on the M8 from junc­tion 10, Easter­house to junc­tion 8, Bail­lieston, from mid- Au­gust for ap­prox­i­mately four months.

Graeme Reid, project man­ager for the M8 M73 M74 Mo­tor­way Im­prove­ments Project, said: “Trans­port Scot­land is work­ing with the con­trac­tor to en­sure these works are com­pleted as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“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.”

Ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Scot­land the M8 M73 M74 Mo­tor­way Im­prove­ments Project will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce con­ges­tion across the cen­tral Scot­land mo­tor­way net­work, shav­ing ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes off the daily com­mute from Glas­gow to Ed­in­burgh.

Traf­fic man­age­ment lay­outs change reg­u­larly; there­fore road users are ad­vised to rou­tinely check the Trans­port Scot­land web­site and the Traf­fic Scot­land web­site for live up­dates; www.trans­portscot­land.gov.uk and www.traf­fic­scot­land.org.

Plan jour­neys in ad­vance or take al­ter­na­tive route

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