Daytime lane restrictions on the M8, M73 and M74 have now been lifted, freeing up capacity on the key part of central Scotland’s motorway network.
This means Scottish motorists now benefit from widened motorways and help enable the full journey time savings of the new M8 motorway, which opened a week ahead of schedule in April, and the M74 Raith Underpass, which opened in February.
A range of improvements have been built over the last three years, as part of the £500 million Motorway Improvements Project.
These include a new M8 motorway, significant upgrades to Raith and Shawhead junctions, as well as widening of the M8, M73 and M74, with new lanes providing an increase in motorway capacity.
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, said it won’t be long before Scotland’s economy benefits from the lifting of the daytime lane restrictions.
He commented: “These huge improvements to the central Scotland motorway network, which had been operating significantly beyond capacity, will improve connections for business and road users alike.
“This will unleash the economic benefits, which lie at the heart of this project and help our economy grow in a sustainable manner, resulting in better journey times during peak periods, better connectivity, journey time reliability and road safety – improving access to facilities and employment areas.”
The Scottish Government has been working with the Scottish Roads Partnership – a consortium formed by Cintra, Amey, Meridiam and Aberdeen Asset Management – to deliver this vital infrastructure project linking the key arterial routes in central Scotland.
Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos, general manager of the SRP, commented: “We are proud to have delivered this major strategic infrastructure scheme for Scotland, which will bring improved safety and reliability to road users.”
Necessary finishing and snagging works will be completed over the coming weeks, along with local road improvements, but these are expected to have little impact on the travelling public as the vast majority of these restrictions will be happening outside of peak hours.
Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: “This massive project has demanded its fair share of patience from Scottish motorists, but it promises to have been well worthwhile.”