M8 / A8 Completing the ‘Missing Link’

Major diversion of M8 / A8 on approach to Baillieston Interchange

A major 10 week diversion of all M8/A8 traffic (east and westbound) is needed on all approaches to Baillieston Interchange to connect the newly-built M8 motorway with the existing network.

The diversion via the newly-aligned A8 will start from 8pm on Friday 17 February 2017.

Delays are expected on all diversion routes for the duration of the works. Road users are advised to:

  • Plan ahead
  • Avoid Baillieston interchange
  • Use alternative routes and modes of transport if possible

Routes affected

See full details of the diversions for specific routes

M8 A8 Baillieston diversion routes

Access to all routes will be maintained via the newly-aligned A8. However, significant disruption is expected on the approach to Junction 8 Baillieston interchange on the following routes:

  • M8/A8 east and westbound
  • M73 north and southbound

The following local roads will also be affected:

  • A89 Coatbridge Road closed westbound from roundabout with A752
  • A752 Langmuir Road
  • A8 Glasgow and Edinburgh Roads on approach to Swinton Roundabout

See full details of the diversions for specific routes

Reason for the diversion

This major diversion of the A8/M8 is needed to remove 13,000m² of existing carriageway and 40,000m³ of earth to connect the new M8 to the existing M8, which is approximately 5m higher.

Also, 12,000 tonnes of blacktop will then be laid to complete the M8 ‘Missing Link’. After these major construction works, the new M8 between Junction 8 Baillieston interchange and Eurocentral will be opened to traffic.

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