Weekend motorists reminded to expect delays at Raith roundabout this weekend 11-14 November

  • Contraflow on A725 reducing Raith roundabout to one lane in each direction
  • Restricted access to M74 Northbound on-slip
  • M74 Southbound J5 Raith closed - traffic for Hamilton and Bothwell use J6 Hamilton


The works to progress the new Raith Roundabout will take place this weekend 11-14th November and will see a contraflow in operation reducing the roundabout to one lane in each direction.

This major traffic management is required to undertake bridge protection and road surfacing on the north side of the roundabout.

The contraflow on the south side of the roundabout (A725) will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction from 8pm on Friday 11 November, to 6am on Monday 14 November.

Traffic travelling on the A725 from both the north (Bellshill Bypass) and south (East Kilbride Expressway) will join the contraflow prior to Raith roundabout.

As a result the M74 northbound on-slip and southbound off-slip at Junction 5, Raith, will be closed. Access to Hamilton, Bothwell and the M74 north and southbound carriageways will be via diverted routes.

Access to and from Strathclyde Park will be maintained and access to the M74 northbound will be maintained via the Bellshill Road (B7071) dedicated on-slip.

Signed diversions will be in place for all routes via A725 Blantyre, Bellziehill and M74 Junction 2A Fullerton.

Graeme Reid, Project Manager for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “These works have been scheduled to take place over the weekend to avoid disruption to commuters during the morning and evening peaks. 

“Whilst we’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable. We’re advising motorists to avoid Raith and the approach roads, including the A725 if possible, to plan their journeys and check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates.”

When complete, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project will significantly reduce congestion across the central Scotland motorway network, shaving approximately 15 minutes off the daily commute through Raith Junction.

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.scot and www.trafficscotland.org

Published 8 Nov 2016