Weekend motorists warned to expect delays at Raith roundabout over two weekends 28-31 October & 11-14 November
• Contraflow on A725 reducing roundabout to one lane in each direction
• Restricted access to Strathclyde Park & the M74 Southbound at Junction 5
• Restricted access to Hamilton, Bothwell and M74 North and Southbound
The works to progress the new Raith Roundabout will take place over two weekends in October and November and will see a contraflow in operation reducing the roundabout to one lane in each direction.
This major traffic management is required to install a new footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists near the entrance to Strathclyde Park and to tie-in the new approach roads to Raith Junction.
First Weekend Contraflow:
The first weekend contraflow on the north side of the roundabout (A725) will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction from 8pm on Friday 28 October, to 6am Monday 31 October.
As a result, there will be no access into Strathclyde Park from Raith. Visitors to Strathclyde Park should follow the signed diversion to the Motherwell entrance via the M74 southbound, Junction 6 Hamilton. Access from Strathclyde Park onto Raith roundabout will be maintained on to the M74 southbound and A725 southbound.
In addition, access to Hamilton, Bothwell and the M74 north and southbound will be restricted, with signed diversions in place.
Second Weekend Contraflow:
The second weekend 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 north and south will join the contraflow prior to Raith roundabout. As a result the northbound on-slip and southbound off-slip at Junction 5, Raith, will be closed, although access to the M74 northbound will be maintained via the B7071 dedicated on-slip.
Access to and from Strathclyde Park will be maintained and 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 two weekends to avoid disruption to commuters during the morning and evening peaks. Following these weekend contraflows, the new Raith roundabout will be in its final alignment with full operation restored ahead of the Monday morning rush hour.
“Whilst we’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable, and 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.scot and www.trafficscotland.org