Pedestrian Walkways and Cycle paths
As part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, 16km of new and improved pedestrian and cycle routes are being created to link with existing walkways and cycling paths which will improve the connections between many of the local communities, businesses and areas of employment in North and South Lanarkshire and Glasgow.
The new routes have been designed to be accessible to all user groups.
View a map of the new and existing cycle and pedestrian routes
Footpath Closures and Diversions
Work is now well underway across the M8 M73 M74 Improvements Project and given the scale of the site, construction will take place alongside some community boundaries.
Planning and managing the construction work is key to minimising any impact on local communities and will ensure the safety of those communities living in close proximity to the works.
As such, there may be times when it is necessary to close, restrict access or divert roads, footpaths and cycle routes to ensure the safety of the general public during the construction works.
Similarly, there may be times when construction works temporarily increase noise and vibration in the vicinity of the works. Noise and vibration levels are subject to local authority control and will be monitored by the contractor.
Details of any forthcoming works which may impact on local communities will be updated below. If you have any concerns regarding these works, please contact Scottish Roads Partnership on 0800 042 0188.
North Road, Bellshill (B7070)
Changes to Footpath and Public Transport
The footpath linking North Road, Bellshill (B7070) and Coatbridge will be closed from 24 January 2016 until completion of the project in Spring 2017. A free shuttle bus service will provide transportation for pedestrians and will run in a continuous loop between the existing bus stops (First Bus 201) on North Road and a temporary bus stop on approach to the A725/Whifflet Street.
The bus will run from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week for the duration of the works. The shuttle bus services will run on a continuous cycle, not a timetable.
The First Bus 201 service will resume on 1 December 2016. For information on regular bus services in this area, please refer to the bus operator’s websites www.firstglasgow.com
Bothwell to Strathclyde Country Park
Major works are underway on the M74 at Junction 5 and on the approach to Raith roundabout until completion of the project in Spring 2017.
As part of the improvement works at Raith, a new cycle path and pedestrian walkway is being created which will link the community of Bothwell with Strathclyde Country Park. This will greatly improve accessibility and safety by segregating pedestrians and cyclists from road users.
Pedestrian access will be maintained between Bothwell and Strathclyde Country Park during these works, via a footpath diversion through the works which will be signed.
Works are necessary to allow the demolition of the existing bridges connecting to Baillieston Interchange Roundabout and re-construction of a new bridge.
For the safety of pedestrians, the footpath which runs below the bridges at Baillieston Interchange Roundabout and west of the M73 northbound /M8 west bound link road will be closed from 15 May 2015 to March 2017 to allow the demolition of the existing bridges connecting to Baillieston Interchange Roundabout and the construction of a new bridge. A signed diversion will be in place as follows:
Bracadale Gardens, Bracadale Road, Station Road, Muirhead Road, Bredisholm Road, Gillies Lane, A89 Main Street, A89 Coatbridge Road and vice versa for return.
Bredisholm Road, Bargeddie
Temporary Closure of Core path 189
To ensure the safety of the general public during construction works, it is necessary to close Bredisholm Road (core path 189) from the junction of Mainhill Road and Rosebank Terrace until approximately May 2017.
North Lanarkshire and Glasgow City Councils have been notified of the closure by the Scottish Roads Partnership which is necessary to construct a new accommodation bridge as part of the project. The plan shows the section of core path that is closed to the public in red with an alternative route shown in orange. This route is longer and will take approximately 40 minutes to walk.
Calderbank to Eurocentral
It is necessary that pedestrian walkway (core path 227) from Calderbank to Eurocentral is temporarily closed from March 2015 to March 2017.
This closure will allow Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) to construct the new Eurocentral Junction as part of the project works. SRP, Transport Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council apologise for any inconvenience caused. See attached plan for details of the route.
Bellshill to the Showcase Leisure Park
It is necessary that the pedestrian footpath from Bellshill to the Showcase Leisure Park is temporarily closed.
Scottish Roads Partnership has phased its approach to the works to minimise disruption to the general public and to enable local residents to access the wider area.
The diversion route will be clearly sign posted.
The footpath is being upgraded as part of the project and once complete will form part of 16 km of improvements to the pedestrian and cycle routes, providing access to recreational areas and connecting local communities and areas of employment.
Scottish Roads Partnership held two Information Days in 2015 to provide an overview of Construction works
Previous Drop-in Days
- Thursday 21st May - Holiday Inn Express - 1 Hamilton Road, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell
- Thursday 13th August - Hilton Strathclyde Hotel - Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill
Transport Scotland held a series of public exhibitions during October and November 2013 to provide an update on the project and to give an indication of what the finished road network will look like.
|Tuesday 8 October
||Broomhouse Hall, 2 Baillieston Road, Broomhouse, 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, Glasgow, G34 9JW
|Wednesday 23 October
||Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, ML1 3RT
|Thursday 24 October
||Viewpark Parish Church, 400 Old Edinburgh Road, Uddingston, G71 6PJ
|Monday 18 November
||Bothwell Bridge Hotel, 89 Main Street, Bothwell, Glasgow, G71 8EU
|Tuesday 19 November
||Swinton Primary School, 2 Rhindmuir Road, Swinton, Glasgow, G69 6AZ
Exhibition panels and leaflets
Should you require any further information on these events, please do not hesitate to contact the project team:
M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project
Tel: 0800 042 0188
Postal: Scottish Roads Partnership, Hermiston House, Unit B, M8 Central Business Park, Greenside Road, Newhouse, Motherwell, ML1 5FL
Consultations to date, including Public Local Inquiries
Extensive consultations have taken place over many years for the upgrading and improvement works that form part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project. These consultations were held with statutory and non-statutory bodies including Local Authorities, the public, SNH, SEPA, interest groups, businesses, landowners, and more.
To keep the general public and local communities informed of the developing proposals numerous public exhibitions, meetings, and leaflet drops were undertaken; some of which are summarised below:
September 2005 - public exhibitions undertaken to publicise and consult on the options considered for the M74 Raith Interchange works and the preferred proposal. A questionnaire/consultation leaflet was distributed to gather public opinion on the proposals.
December 2005 - leaflet distributed to 25,000 properties within the vicinity of the A8/M8 corridor to consult with the public on the preferred proposal for upgrading the A8 to motorway between Baillieston to Newhouse.
March/April 2006 and October/November 2007 - public exhibitions held at a number of venues in the vicinity of the A8/M8 to consult with the public and interested parties on the proposed works. The Draft Road Orders and the Environmental Statement for the A8 upgrade were published and re-published prior to these exhibitions to allow scrutiny of the proposals and any objections to be raised.
The Made Orders were published in March 2011.
March 2007 - the Draft Road Orders and the Environmental Statement for the Raith Interchange proposals were published to allow public consideration.
The Made Orders were published in January 2011.
March 2007 - public exhibitions were held at two venues local to the Raith Interchange to consult with and inform the public of the proposed upgrade.
May 2008 - information leaflet on the widening works distributed to the 3,700 properties within a 600 metre wide corridor of the affected motorway network.
May 2008 - the Draft Road Orders and the Environmental Statement for the proposed widening works were published to allow public consideration.
The Made Orders were published in January 2011.
June 2008 - public exhibitions held at five venues in the local communities to consult and inform the public of the proposed widening and other improvements to the existing motorway.
Public Local Inquiry
A Public Local Inquiry (PLI) was held for both the A8 upgrade between Baillieston and Newhouse and the improvement works to sections of the M8 M73 and M74.
In each case, the Inquiry was open to the public and was held before a Reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers. Following each PLI, each Reporter presented his findings to Scottish Ministers in a report setting out his conclusions and recommendations.
Glasgow – Edinburgh Completing the M8
The PLI for the A8 upgrade was held in Baillieston and considered the objections to the proposed upgrade. The PLI which was held in July 2008, lasted for approximately three weeks.
The Finance Secretary announced on 14 December, 2010, that he had considered the findings and recommendations of the Reporter from the PLI and would give the go ahead for the upgrade to motorway status for the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse.
M8/M73/M74 Network Improvements
This PLI was held in Hamilton in April 2009. The subsequent Ministerial Decision to proceed with the proposed works was received in January 2010.