Pupils invited to enter road safety competition

Primary Schools in North and South Lanarkshire are being encouraged to take part in the annual event organised by road safety charity 'Brake' to raise awareness of road safety.

The ‘design a poster competition’ is open to all primary schools close to the road scheme and gives two schools with the opportunity to win a £250 prize.

The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project is one of the largest roads projects currently underway in Scotland which will improve journeys for the 100,000 vehicles using these roads daily.

Raul Pascual, Construction Project Manager, for Ferroival Lagan, said:

“Due to the large scale of this project it touches many of the surrounding communities, and we wanted to take this opportunity to work with local primary schools to highlight the importance of road safety.

“As the main contractor of the works, we’re keen to ensure safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, whether people are working on site or driving through it, and this competition is a great way to involve local children.”

When complete, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project will significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, as well as improve the travel time reliability between the main route of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Road users travelling on the new M8 between the two cities will benefit by shaving almost 20 minutes off the daily commute, while 15 minutes will be saved travelling through the new Raith Junction.

Raul added: “The competition design brief is very wide and entries can cover any aspect of road safety – from safe driving and average speed cameras, to adjusting behaviour while driving through the works, or the safety of construction workers.”

Bruce Lunn, Contracts Manager for Amey, the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project added:

“Our teams work hard day and night, 365 days a year, delivering services including grass cutting, litter picking and fixing potholes, through to winter gritting and snow ploughing. We hope this competition increases awareness not only for those travelling on the road, but of those working beside it.”

The competition is split into two categories: P4 and under / P5 and over.) A winner will be selected from each group and will receive a prize of £250 for their school.

Winning posters will be displayed in the SRP offices, the Transport Scotland website and may also be used on site. The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 4, December.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

Name of school, child’s full name, age, school email/postal address and school telephone number must be on the back of each entry (A3 maximum size). The winning entries will be the designs selected by a panel of judges from SRP, FLJV and Amey after the closing date. The panel’s decision is final.

Entrants should send poster designs to: SRP Community Liaison Team, Hermiston House, M8 Central Business Park, Greenside Road, Newhouse, Motherwell, ML1 5FL.

For any queries, please email: info@scotroadspartnership.co.uk

By entering, you agree to:

Consent and agree that promotional photographs taken or poster designs entered for this competition may be used in future by SRP / FLJV / Amey without any rights of prior approval.

Participate in any media promotion as required by SRP / FLJV / Amey (winners only)

Notes to editors

Notes to Editors

• The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements will upgrade the core of Scotland’s motorway network and will boost Scotland’s economy by improving connections between the commercial centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond.

• Work began on the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project in February 2014, and is scheduled for completion by Spring 2017.

• The Central Scotland trunk roads network will remain operational during construction with 100,000 vehicles using the project roads on a daily basis.

For further information on the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project , visit the Transport Scotland website: www.transportscotland.gov.uk/m8m73m74.

For the latest traffic management information, click on ‘Traffic Management’ and for live traffic up-dates visit the Traffic Scotland website: www.trafficscotland.org

Published 23 Nov 2015