The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project represents the delivery of an ambitious project to upgrade the core of Scotland’s motorway network, to boost Scotland’s economy by improving connections between the commercial centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond.

This major £500m Scottish Government investment aims to bring the following benefits:

  • improved journey times and journey time reliability through the Central Scotland motorway network
  • promotion of sustainable economic growth by improving access to facilities and employment areas
  • reduced emissions to improve air quality providing health improvement
  • better connectivity between Glasgow and Edinburgh and to the south
  • reduced congestion
  • improved road safety through the reduction of traffic on local roads, reducing lane changing and helping prevent weaving between lanes

The new and improved M8, M73 and M74 motorways progressively opened during spring 2017 and were fully open to traffic on Thursday 1st June 2017 and included:

  • a new motorway between Baillieston and Newhouse, completing the M8 (see more about the opening of the new M8)
  • improvements to Raith Interchange on the M74
  • a new, all-purpose A8 between Baillieston and Eurocentral
  • upgrading the existing M8 between Easterhouse and Baillieston
  • upgrading the M73 between Baillieston and Maryville that links the M8 and M74
  • upgrade of the M74 between Daldowie and Hamilton

These major improvements are shown on the map below:

Map showing M8, M73 and M74 improvements

The story of the project

Work is now underway to upgrade the core of Scotland’s motorway network, which will boost Scotland’s economy by improving connections between the commercial centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond.


Following the successful delivery of the M80 Stepps to Haggs motorway and the M74 Completion project, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project will complete the Central Scotland motorway network.

The start of the procurement process was announced in December 2011 and bidders competed for the contract throughout 2013. The successful bidder Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), a consortium with a construction joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman and Lagan, was announced in February 2014.

SRP, through consortium member Amey, are also responsible for managing, operating and maintaining this core section of the motorway network for 30 years following motorway completion.

Supporting local labour

The Motorway Improvements project will support a significant number of local labour, construction, supplier and sub-contractor jobs. SRP has signed a skills pledge to commit to this.

The project will additionally bring community benefits such as:

  • vocational training apprentice site-based placements
  • professional graduate training site-based placements
  • full-time site-based employment construction opportunities aimed specifically at job starts for those who have not been in employment for at least 25 weeks
  • training opportunities such as placements, work experience and workplace ‘taster’ opportunities aimed at young and local individuals
  • notifying job centres of site-based employment opportunities
  • contracts with subcontractors and suppliers not already allocated shall be advertised through Public Contracts Scotland procurement website
  • sustainable long-term employment opportunities during the operation and maintenance of these key routes over a 30 year period

M8 - Glasgow to Edinburgh completion

The new M8 completes the motorway link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

It will connect with the existing motorway at Baillieston and follow a route to the south of the existing A8, to Eurocentral.

Between Eurocentral and Newhouse, the A8 will be upgraded to motorway standard, and will link with the existing M8 motorway to the east of Newhouse. The existing A8 will remain between Baillieston and Eurocentral, joining with the A89 just north of Baillieston.

The creation of new local roads on either side of the new motorway between Eurocentral and Newhouse will allow easy access to the motorway and adjacent communities.


The M8 completion will:

  • boost the economy by reducing the time to transport goods and services and creating more than 8000 jobs by 2030
  • create better connectivity between the economic centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • cut congestion by improving average vehicle speeds
  • reduce journey times, saving an average of 18 minutes in this corridor during peak hours
  • cut the journey time through Shawhead Junction by up to 20 minutes at peak periods
  • improve road safety through accident reduction
  • provide better access to businesses and communities, with better connectivity between regions
  • free up road space and developing infrastructure to support sustainable transport initiatives
  • improve links for cyclists and pedestrians

Based on current traffic volume, it is estimated that up to 100,000 vehicles a day will benefit from these improvements.

Key statistics

The upgrade of the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse includes:

  • 2 km of online dual three-lane motorway
  • 5 km of offline dual three-lane motorway
  • 3 km of online dual two-lane motorway
  • 10 km of dual two-lane all purpose road incorporating nearly 5 km of existing A8
  • 16 km of pedestrian/cycle path
  • three new motorway junctions at Shawhead, Eurocentral and Chapelhall
  • two amended motorway junctions at Baillieston and Newhouse
  • two railway bridges, including a new Braehead (Cutty Sark) structure
  • 30 road structures, including a major crossing of the North Calder Water
  • capacity improvements on M8 Eastbound, Junction 9 to Baillieston Interchange
  • significant environmental mitigation and enhancement works

The upgrade of the existing A8 corridor between Baillieston and Newhouse will provide a dual three-lane motorway standard or equivalent.

It will also provide a strategic motorway link catering predominantly for east/west through traffic on the M8 motorway with connections via Baillieston Interchange to the M73 Motorway and a new M8 Shawhead Junction providing a link to the A725 Trunk Road.

It will include motorway junctions at Baillieston Interchange, Shawhead Junction (A725), Eurocentral Junction, Chapelhall Junction and Newhouse Junction.


The Scottish Government has five policy objectives and the M8 improvements meets each of these, as outlined below.


Potential impacts have been identified throughout the design process and avoided or reduced, as far as practicable, through amendments to the design. Specific measures will be set in place to mitigate those impacts that are otherwise unavoidable.


Average travel times for key journeys throughout the corridor are expected to reduce by up to 18 minutes at peak periods. This will be achieved by separating motorway and local traffic and reducing conflicting movements at major interchanges.


The project will provide a higher standard alternative to the current A8 for motorway traffic. It will also improve traffic flows for local drivers.


Providing a motorway connection to Eurocentral and improving transport links across Central Scotland and beyond.


The completed project will improve access to the motorway network for road users, therefore improving safety and reducing congestion and frustration. There will also be almost 10 miles of new and improved pedestrian and cycle routes as part of the project, to link with existing walking and cycling routes and improve the connections between local communities, businesses and areas of employment. The new routes will be designed to be accessible to all user groups

M74 - Raith Junction improvement

Raith Junction is a roundabout linking the M74 motorway with the A725 Bellshill Bypass and East Kilbride Expressway.

The M74 is the main route for road users travelling between Glasgow and Southwest Scotland. It also provides an essential link to the M8 at Baillieston, via a mile-long stretch of the M73.

The improvement works at the Raith Interchange include a new underpass below the existing roundabout to free up traffic between the Bellshill Bypass and the East Kilbride Expressway. Three new bridges will carry the motorway and local traffic over the underpass, separating the traffic on the A725 from the M74. This underpass will release additional traffic flow capacity on the roundabout.

As part of the project, a new cycleway and walkway will be created between Bothwell and Strathclyde Country Park, improving accessibility and safety for non-motorised users.


The junction improvements will:

  • cut congestion - currently all of the A725 traffic and the M74 traffic using this junction has to negotiate the Raith roundabout,  causing queues on to both strategic routes. The improvements will segregate the A725 through traffic, removing this significant traffic volume from the roundabout. The improvements will also support wider journey time benefits on the M8 and surrounding network
  • improve journey times by 15 to 20 minutes and improve the reliability of journey times on the A725 and M74
  • tackle the risk of congestion from traffic growth associated with key developments along the M8 and A725 corridors. The works will also improve the operation of existing business making use of the Central Scotland Trunk Road Network by reducing travel costs
  • improve local air quality and noise levels
  • support development opportunities identified in and arround the M8 and A725 corridors

Key statistics

The improvement works at Raith include:

  • realignment of the A725 over a length of 1.8 km
  • provision of an underpass structure for the A725, with one bridge carrying the M74 and two bridges carrying the Raith roundabout
  • realignment of the Raith roundabout on the south of the M74
  • provision of a new link road between the B7071 and Raith roundabout with a signalised junction at the A725 eastbound off slip
  • modifications to the M74 slip roads
  • provision of new pedestrian/cyclist links including bridges over the Raith roundabout to the north and south of the M74, a new link to the proposed National Cycle Network 74. and signalised crossing points
  • provision of an additional lane on the southbound M74 between Raith Junction (5) and Hamilton Junction (6)
  • demolition of the existing Bothwell Park Road access bridge over the M74, to the north of Raith junction, and construction of a new realigned bridge at this location
  • new private access road through Strathclyde Country Park
  • provision of a sustainable urban drainage system and flood water storage areas
  • environmental mitigation and enhancement works


The plans for Raith Junction were designed with the Scottish Government's five policy objectives in mind.


The wetland habitat around the junction is a valuable environment and the new junction will minimise the overall impacts on the adjacent designated sites. Whilst small encroachment into the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is required, overall enhancement of the habitat is achievable by use of adjacent flood compensatory areas as additional wetland.

The new junction will have low landscape and visual impacts and low impacts on adjacent agricultural land.

Local benefits to air quality and noise levels will result from the improvements.


The junction improvements will provide a cost-effective solution to improve journey times and the reliability of journeys on the A725 and the M74. This will provide direct economic benefits to road users.

The junction will support traffic growth associated with key developments along the M8 and A725 corridors. The new junction will also improve the operation of existing businesses making use of the Central Scotland Trunk Road Network by reducing travel costs.


The new junction will reduce the potential for vehicular accidents by removing traffic from the existing roundabout and providing free-flow conditions onto the A725. It will also reduce the potential for conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists and motor vehicles.


The proposed junction will support development opportunities identified in and around the M8 and the A725 corridors. The junction will respect existing land use and complement that identified in the local plan.


The new junction is designed to provide free-flow traffic conditions, addressing the reasonable needs of traffic seeking to access the Central Scotland Trunk Road Network.

The new segregated walkway and cycleway will significantly improve facilities and conditions for non-motorised users. This, in turn, will provide safer connections between Bothwell and Bellshill alongside adjacent recreational routes.

Network upgrades

The network improvement works will tackle both existing and anticipated congestion problems.

A key element of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project is a series of enhancements to the network of roads and junctions which connect to the three main routes. These works will tackle both existing and anticipated congestion:

  • on the M8 west of Baillieston Interchange
  • on the M73 between Baillieston Interchange and Maryville Interchange
  • on the M74 from west of Maryville to Hamilton Junction

The works principally consist of widening the existing carriageway by creating an additional lane at the following locations to tackle congestion at peak times:

  • eastbound carriageway of the M8 from Junction 10, Easterhouse
  • Easterhouse to Junction 8, Baillieston Interchange
  • northbound and southbound carriageways of the M73 between Baillieston Interchange and Maryville Interchange
  • northbound and southbound carriageways of the M74 from Junction 3 (Daldowie) to Junction 5 (Raith)
  • southbound carriageway of the M74 between Junction 5 (Raith) and Junction 6 (Hamilton)

The works will maintain the existing slip road arrangements through the Baillieston Interchange.

The improvement works also include the following:

  • A new slip road from the M74 Junction 3 to the northbound M73
  • modification of the two existing roundabouts at the M74 Junction 3 to a signalised junction
  • widening of four underbridges on the M74
  • demolition of the existing access bridge over the M73 to the south of Baillieston Interchange and provision of a new realigned access bridge
  • replacement of existing road drainage, including introducing a new Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) where practicable, over the extent of the project


The improvement works will:

  • relieve traffic congestion at peak times on the M8, M73 and M74 motorway network in the vicinity of Baillieston and Maryville Interchanges
  • reduce delays for strategic traffic and allowing safe access for all users, thus providing improved journey time reliability and safety
  • reduce predicted North-South (M80-M74) delays by up to 18 minutes in the evening peak hour and predicted West East (M74-M8) delays by up to 6 minutes in the morning peak hour
  • meet the Scottish Government's policy objectives to benefit the environment, economy, safety, integration and accessibility of the roads in the region


The improvement works satisfy the Government’s five key Transport Appraisal Objectives in respect of Environment, Economy, Safety, Integration and Accessibility.


The area encompassed by the works contains some environmentally designated land. No nationally or internationally protected sites will however be directly impacted.  Furthermore, the works include a sustainable drainage system treating runoff from areas of the existing motorway network.


The works will enable more reliable journey times, maximising the benefits of committed investment in the adjacent strategic network.


The works will provide enhanced carriageway and junction layouts; relieving congestion and improving weaving opportunities between junctions.


The works are compatible with existing planning policies for the area and provide the key to unlocking the benefits of adjacent improvements, to the Central Scotland Motorway Network.


The existing pedestrian and cyclist access to amenity areas and linkages to regional routes will be maintained.

Case Study - Shawhead Junction

Shawhead Junction

The operation of the roads around Shawhead Junction was a key element of the successful construction of M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project. It was amongst one of the busiest and most heavily congested junctions to be upgraded as part of the Project and also posed many significant design challenges that required to be overcome.

Situated between the communities of Whifflet and Coatbridge in the north and Bellshill and Bothwell to the south, the Shawhead Junction facilitates links via the A725 to both the local and trunk road networks.

Shawhead Junction consists of the following three junctions and slip roads connecting the various trunk roads and local roads in the area:

  • The northern junction between A725/ Kirkshaws Road/ Hagmill Road
  • The junction between the A725 / A8 eastbound slip road
  • The southern junction between A725/ North Road/ A8 westbound slip road
  • The link roads directly connecting the M8 with the A725.

The upgraded junctions and additional connections at Shawhead have:

  • Reduced journey times and queueing
  • Improved connectivity between the local and trunk road networks
  • Improved access to areas of employment, through better connectivity
  • Improved connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

They're anticipated to act as a catalyst for economic development in the area.

Layout showing the three key junctions at Shawhead and the direct link roads with the new M8

A challenging location

During the construction, keeping roads open and traffic moving on the A725 and the adjacent local road network was only one of the key challenges at this constrained location.  Our contractor also had to manage the following challenges:

  • Diversion of a significant number of major utilities in the area (including gas, power and communications cables for various companies)
  • Design and treatment of a significant extent of historic mine workings in the area
  • Reducing adverse impact and disruption during construction on residential dwellings adjacent to the works
  • Minimising impact on industrial and business land adjacent to the works
  • Visual impact from structures and embankments
  • Connectivity to local communities and businesses including consideration of Non-motorised users (NMU’s)
  • Reducing impact of the construction on adjacent landscape such as woodland and watercourses
  • Minimising habitat loss for plants and mammals
  • keeping traffic moving and roads open during construction.

Design development

Plans to upgrade the A8 to motorway standard were announced in 2003 and since then, the conceptual design for Shawhead was developed.  In 2006, the assessment report for the scheme noted that the traffic volumes on the section of the A8 around Shawhead exceeded the available capacity on the road network at peak times, leading to queuing and delays to journey times.

The junction strategy for the new motorway, which aimed to separate longer distance trunk road traffic from vehicles making local journeys, was developed as part of the assessment report. At Shawhead Junction,  the assessment recommended three signalised junctions on the A725; the most northern junction replacing the mini roundabout on Kirkshaws Road and Hagmill Road, the replacement of the roundabout at the top of the slip road from the eastbound A8 and a third signalised junction connecting the B7070, North Road with the A725 and a westbound A8 slip road.

The use of signalised junctions at each of these locations provides a more reliable form of traffic control over the three closely spaced junctions than was available with the previously.

During the design development process, extensive consultations including public exhibitions and drop-in events took place with local communities and stakeholders on the proposals for the project.

For further information on all exhibitions and drop in events undertaken as part of the initial design development stage, see our keeping communities informed page.

Design of Shawhead Junction

Our contractor’s designer has undertaken the final design for the junctions in accordance with relevant standards and guidance to:

  • minimise future delay and disruption to road users
  • meet specific performance criteria which were determined using complex traffic modelling to ensure each  junction could accommodate the predicted traffic flows through the junction, whilst at the same time providing journey time savings and reduction in queuing.

Our contractor’s designer benchmarked its traffic modelling analysis against key indicators at each junction separately to determine:

  • traffic flow rates at peak times through each junction
  • average and maximum queue lengths for each approach arm
  • journey times for specific movements.

As part of the design our contractor has equipped the three signalised junctions with smart technology to deliver:

  • reduced queuing
  • improved journey times
  • efficiently managed traffic flows for all users.

You can read more about how this technology works in our leaflet or view our information video.

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In addition, the design for the junctions at Shawhead incorporates several improvements for non-motorised users (NMUs), separating them from road traffic where possible and encouraging safe, environmentally friendly travel for both work and leisure.

This included two significant new footbridges and a network of paths for NMU’s that re-connect the communities of Bellshill and beyond to the south and Coatbridge and beyond to the north, as well as providing dedicated access to key employment areas including Strathclyde Business Park and Eurocentral.


Shawhead was a critical area to the overall project, due to its complexity and the need to keep two lanes of traffic running on the A725 throughout the construction phase. It was also a priority to keep the B7070 open, significantly reducing disruption for local traffic and for local residents.

A selection of images showing the construction taking shape at Shawhead

We are often asked

Why is there no dedicated right-turn filter lane to Kirkshaw Road or Hagmill Road from the A725?

The area of land available for the construction and final layout of Shawhead Junction was constrained by the presence of significant utilities in the area, the presence of residential properties, historic mine working and protected environmental assets as well as land designated for development. Further information can be found in the Environmental Statement for the project.

The design of the junction, to fit with the overall junction strategy for the project was carefully considered and modelled, taking into consideration the predicted future traffic as part of the design development process.

This development of the conceptual design determined that the predicted flows of traffic and journey time savings could be accommodated and the operation of the junction optimised without a dedicated right-turn filter lane, within the land available for the works, thereby avoiding negatively impacting on the environment or adjacent properties.

Since the project was opened fully to traffic in 2017, journey times through the Shawhead Junction have significantly improved and queuing on junction approaches has significantly reduced.

Occasionally A725 traffic is given priority and moves twice before Kirkshaws Road traffic gets a green light to turn right, why is this?

The traffic signals across the junctions at Shawhead are equipped with technology that simultaneously monitors traffic in real time and feeds back information to the signal controller. This signal controller also simultaneously processes the traffic data and adjusts the traffic signal timings to optimise queuing on all approaches and the efficiency for all vehicle movements through the junctions.

Given the proximity of the A725/Kirkshaws Road/Hagmill Road and the A725/A8 slip-road junctions, there is limited road space for queuing traffic between the junctions. The wireless technology at these junctions facilitates coordinated communication between both junctions and the signal controller so that the operation of both junctions is optimised.

The signal controller may, for example, give a longer green light period to through traffic on the A725 at peak times to reduce queuing for the greatest traffic flow demand. This would result in traffic on the side roads waiting slightly longer than at off-peak times before being given a green light.

The filter arrow doesn’t work?

The junctions are designed to optimise traffic flows through the junction, so the filter arrows may not operate when there is only one vehicle waiting, to give priority to other traffic flows with greater demand.

The traffic signals at the Shawhead junctions are equipped with technology that can detect vehicles through a network of sensors which are located above and below ground. These sensors wirelessly feedback information to the signal controller to activate the right-turn filter signal.

The sensors will tell the receiver wirelessly when there is a queue of vehicles waiting to turn right and then trigger the filter arrow.


A comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been carried out and the results published in the Environmental Statement, in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999.

This is one of the largest infrastructure developments currently underway in Scotland. Some impact on the environment is inevitable, but through the many comprehensive studies and surveys that have been undertaken, mitigation measures have been implemented to alleviate the impact as far as possible. These measures include:

  • mammal tunnels, fences and bridges to help continued movement of local wildlife
  • noise attenuation barriers
  • sustainable drainage systems

Road traffic noise

The scheme design includes appropriate mitigation where necessary and practicable. This takes the form of earth bunds, fencing and low-noise road surfacing.

Properties which may qualify for noise insulation were identified in the Environmental Statements.

SRP will carry out further assessments in accordance with Noise Insulation (Scotland) Regulations 1975, with noise surveys carried out pre and post construction and at years 5, 10 and 15 after the road opens.

There are three levels of noise accountability:

  • local authorities, who set acceptable noise criteria and monitor the works to assess compliance
  • SRP, who provide a liaison officer for local communities
  • Transport Scotland, who monitor SRP's management of the process

Funding and support

The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project contract has a net present value of £500 million (February 2014), which includes the construction, operation, maintenance and finance of the project roads for over 30 years. This represents a construction cost of £310m, which is significantly below the pre-tender estimate for the construction cost of £415m.

It is the first roads infrastructure scheme and was the largest contract, at the time, to be awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s £2.5 billion Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model. This helps ensure that public money is being used efficiently.

Following a significant level of international investor interest, funding for the project is being provided by both the European Investment Bank (EIB), and a group of investors managed by Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading integrated financial services providers.

Support for the project

Iain McMillan, CBI Scotland

“The completion of the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh has been a long-standing priority for our members.

“Improved connectivity is essential for the success of Scotland's economy and the upgrading of this stretch of motorway is crucial to that success.

“The Scottish Government is to be commended for delivering on this long-desired and much needed infrastructure project.”

David Watt, Executive Director, IoD Scotland

“This is an extremely positive move as it will greatly reduce the travel time between our two largest cities, which in turn will have a positive impact on the Scottish economy.

“It is imperative that we have a world class road link between the two commercial centres to ensure goods and services can be transported quickly and efficiently.

“The long term gain is significant and it will allow Scotland to continue to attract investment and compete on an international stage.”

Chris MacRae, Head of Policy for Scotland, Freight Transport Association

“Upgrading the main motorway connecting Scotland's two most important cities is essential to the efficiency and internal connectivity of Scotland's supply chain.”

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

“Enhancing Scotland’s transport connectivity is essential in order to ensure our economy’s future competitiveness.

“That is why Scottish Chambers of Commerce welcome the investment being made to upgrade the M8’s missing link – the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse – alongside other essential improvements to the central Scotland motorway network.

“This is a well used piece of our road transport network and the flow of traffic here is crucial not just for the west of Scotland but also for connections to the north, east and south”

Finishing works, operation and maintenance

The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project was fully opened to traffic on 1 June 2017.

Finishing works for the project are continuing. As the construction of the project is now at its final stage, the requirement for traffic management is greatly reduced. However where traffic management is necessary to keep the workforce and road users safe, we will work closely with our contractor, Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) and stakeholders, including Police Scotland, Traffic Scotland and the local authorities, to keep any disruption to a minimum.

For regular live traffic updates and to plan your journey please visit the Traffic Scotland website.

Operation & Maintenance

Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), through its subcontractor Amey, is responsible for managing, operating and maintaining this core section of the Scottish trunk road network on behalf of Scottish Ministers until 2047. The extent of the trunk road network for which SRP is responsible is shown in this diagram:

SRP is responsible for a range of services to keep the trunk road network operational and safe for use, that include:

  • winter maintenance activities
  • incident response services
  • inspections and surveys
  • identification and repair of defects.

From time to time, SRP may require to undertake works to maintain the road network and this may require traffic management. For updates on SRP traffic management necessary for operation and maintenance of the new motorway and trunk road network, see the Traffic Scotland website, or follow @trafficscotland on Twitter.

Keeping communities informed

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.

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.

Previous Exhibitions
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
E-Mail: info@scotroadspartnership.co.uk
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.

Case Study - BIM

The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) during construction

The project was one of the first major road projects in Scotland to pioneer the use of BIM - a cutting-edge 3D technology which is revolutionising civil engineering.

BIM uses digital technology to help design, build, maintain and manage construction projects more effectively throughout their lifecycle. As the most complex part of the project to be up-graded, Raith Interchange, Junction 5 of the M74, was selected as an ideal area in which to trial BIM as it could be treated as a stand-alone section.

An intelligent 3D model of all the new infrastructure at Raith Junction was created, which included everything from the underground location of utility services to the type of street lighting installed – even details down to the wattage of a bulb to be replaced – was all available at the touch of a button using BIM.

At Raith Junction, the engineers had the challenge of constructing the underpass below the water table given the nearby River Clyde, as well as relocating a significant number of underground utilities. BIM was instrumental in the success of the construction of the new junction and Transport Scotland is committed to supporting the construction industry to deliver greater efficiencies through the design, construction and operational stages of projects, through the use of BIM.

Some key benefits of the use of BIM at Raith Junction included:

  • Reduced risk due to greater visibility and collaboration between design and construction teams
  • Reduced errors during on site construction due to design clash detection on the virtual model
  • Improved safety by replicating construction methodology on the virtual model
  • Reduced information loss between project phases, ensuring the capture and handover of full asset information from construction to the Operations and Maintenance phase

Find out more from the BIM video


An image of the new Raith Junction generated using BIM technology

An image of the new Raith Junction generated using BIM technology


Aerial view of Raith Junction 5 of M74 during construction circa November 2014, prior to piling of the underpass

Aerial view of Raith Junction 5 of M74 during construction circa November 2014, prior to piling of the underpass


Aerial view of Raith Junction during construction circa Dec 2016, showing completion of piling and emergence of the A725 underpass below the M74

Aerial view of Raith Junction during construction circa Dec 2016, showing completion of piling and emergence of the A725 underpass below the M74