WEEKEND MOTORISTS WARNED TO EXPECT DELAYS AT M74 RAITH, 17–20 JUNE
MAJOR WORKS TO COMPLETE NEW ROUNDABOUT AT M74 JUNCTION 5 RAITH
• DELAYS EXPECTED ON APPROACH TO RAITH, M74 JUNCTION 5, 17-20 JUNE
• CONTRAFLOW ON A725 REDUCING ROUNDABOUT TO ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION
• NO ACCESS TO STRATHCLYDE PARK OR THE M74 SOUTHBOUND AT JUNCTION 5
• ACCESS TO HAMILTON, BOTHWELL AND M74 NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND RESTRICTED
Weekend motorists are being warned to expect delays on the A725 on approach to M74 Junction 5, Raith Roundabout, as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
The north side of the roundabout (A725) will be in contraflow reducing traffic to one lane in each direction from 20:00 hours Friday 17, to 06:00 hours Monday 20 June.
This traffic management is required for major works to complete the construction of the last remaining bridge over the new underpass at Raith, which will see the new roundabout in its final alignment.
As a result of the contraflow, there will be no access to Strathclyde Park or the M74 southbound at Raith Junction 5. Traffic for Strathclyde Park should follow the signed diversion to the Motherwell entrance via the M74 southbound, Junction 6 Hamilton.
In addition, access to Hamilton, Bothwell and the M74 north and southbound will also be restricted, with signed diversions in place.
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, so we’re asking motorists to check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates, to plan their journeys in advance and to look at taking an alternative route if possible.”
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.uk and www.trafficscotland.org