Central Scotland motorway improvements on public display

The exhibitions, which take place in a number of venues over two separate weeks to avoid the school holiday period, will give residents and businesses an opportunity to find out about the project prior to construction which is expected to get underway before the end of the year.

Members of local communities and road users are invited to attend the exhibition which will provide information on the various elements of the project, including:

  • The new motorway between Baillieston and Newhouse to complete the M8;
  • Upgrade of stretches of the M74 motorway;
  • Upgrade of the M73 between Baillieston and Maryville that links the M8 and M74; and
  • Improvement work at the M74 (Raith) Junction 5.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“Once complete, the project will deliver essential benefits across the Central Scotland belt by supporting sustainable economic activity as well as reducing journey times by up to 18 minutes at peak time between Glasgow and Edinburgh, improving journey time reliability and reducing congestion currently experienced across this part of the network.

“Over the summer, the preferred bidder for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project was announced. As the project is now in its final stages prior to construction I would encourage communities and road users to take the opportunity to visit these exhibitions and remind themselves of the plans for this project.”

Notes to editors

Please note that there will be an opportunity for the media to view the exhibition before it opens to the public. The media session will be held on Tuesday 8 October at Broomhouse Hall, Baillieston starting 10.30am to 11.30am. Representatives of Transport Scotland will be available to answer any questions.

The details of the exhibition venues are:

Tuesday 8 October - Broomhouse Hall, 2 Baillieston Road, Baillieston, Glasgow, G71 7SB

Wednesday 9 October - Whifflet Community Centre, Easton Place, Coatbridge, ML5 9EW

Thursday 10 October - Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Stirling Street, Airdrie, ML6 0AS

Monday 21 October - Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, G34 9JW

Wednesday 23 October - Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, ML1 3RT

Thursday 24 October - Viewpark Parish Church of Scotland, 400 Old Edinburgh Road, Uddingston, G71 6PJ

Please note that there will be no exhibitions held within the school holiday period . The venues will open each day at 12 noon and end at 7pm.

Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency responsible for; aviation, bus, freight and taxi policy; coordinating the National Transport Strategy for Scotland; ferries, ports and harbours; impartial travel services; liaising with regional transport partnerships, including monitoring of funding; local roads policy; major public transport projects; national concessionary travel schemes; rail and trunk road networks; sustainable transport, road safety and accessibility; the Blue Badge Scheme. Transport Scotland is an Executive agency accountable to Scottish Ministers. http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/

For further information contact:

Transport Scotland Press Office 0141 272 7195

News release: TS951SC

Published 7 Oct 2013