Community engagement is a vital part of the project, from the early stages of design & planning, throughout the construction phase, and beyond to the essential operation and maintenance of the new trunk road and associated infrastructure.
Scottish Roads Partnership, our contractor for the operation and maintenance for the new project roads, regularly engages with local stakeholders, road users, local residents and businesses to keep people informed of any works and associated traffic management that may affect them.
This engagement includes emails to stakeholders directly affected by potential works, press releases, travel bulletins and social media up-dates to the media, as well as regular up-dates on the project and Traffic Scotland website. Quarterly newsletters were also produced during the construction phase of the project.
For further information regarding the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, please contact:
Scottish Road Partnership
1E Willow House, Kestrel View, Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill ML4 3PB
Telephone: 0800 042 0188
Scottish Road Partnership also has a dedicated project website.
Historic exhibitions & consultations
Prior to construction, consultation took place over many years to show the community examples of what the finished road network would look like following the upgrading and improvement works that formed part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project. These consultations were held with statutory and non-statutory bodies including Local Authorities, the public, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), interest groups, businesses, landowners and more.
To keep local communities and road users informed of the developing proposals and construction progress, numerous public exhibitions, meetings, and leaflet drops were undertaken.
View a summary of the consultations
The timeline below outlines the journey of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project from early consultation and Public Local Inquiries (PLIs) through to construction and the opening of the new roads.
View historic publications relating to the project
Preserving the Precious Environment of Cander Moss
As part of sustainability week in Spring 2014, ten members of the project staff volunteered to help Scottish Wildlife Trust conserve Cander Moss Nature Reserve.
As part of a wider management plan to re-wet the 24 hectare peat bog and restore its ecosystem, work was undertaken to protect the reserve and its’ unique species by preventing it turning back to woodland. The prime objective of the maintenance of the moss is wildlife conservation.
Cander Moss is located near the village of Stonehouse, east of the M74 motorway: it is owned and managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This lowland raised bog is a naturally formed dome of peat that started its life as a loch or marshy hollow after the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago, kept wet purely from the high amount of rainwater that falls on it.
Monitoring of the water level in Cander Moss showed that the dams installed in the ditches raised the water table significantly, but there is still too large a fluctuation occurring throughout the year, so additional tree felling around the edges and continued control of the seedlings and saplings on the open bog is essential to help it recover further.
The practical conservation work undertaken by the group made a lasting difference to preserve the rare raised bog habitat and species found there. It also helped prevent carbon locked in the peat from being released into the atmosphere.
As well as the vast array of mosses, bogs support a whole range of other species including plants like bog asphodel and insectivorous sundews and wildlife such as bees, moths and butterflies, lizards, newts, frogs, toads and a whole host of birds including meadow pipits, stonechat, short-eared owl and harriers.
This rarity and diversity means that many sites, including Cander Moss are legally protected and have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Conservation management is necessary at the Cander Moss to ensure it is kept in optimum condition for wildlife conservation and scientific and educational studies.
The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project team volunteering with the Scottish Wildlife Trust at SSSI to preserve Cander Moss
Spreading a little Christmas Magic
The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project brought a little bit of festive cheer to those who needed it most in December 2014. Over the winter period, the Operation and Maintenance and Construction teams worked with a number of worthy charities delivering toys, gift vouchers and raising money for some of the most vulnerable in society.
A 'Sustainable Santa' initiative saw project staff collect more than 2.2 tonnes of toys from Scottish primary school children the week before Christmas. Pupils were asked to recycle their old and unwanted toys, books and games to worthwhile causes rather than sending them to landfill.
The estimated value of the toys collected, many of which were immaculate or unopened, was in excess of £2,000. A number of local charities benefited from the toy collection including Airdrie Foodbank, Scottish Refugee Council, St Andrew’s Hospice in Lanarkshire and the toy recycling charity, Good Green Fun.
The project staff also contributed to Airdrie Foodbank by holding a selection box appeal, and filled four large sacks with chocolate goodies for local families. Ferrovial Lagan Joint Venture (FLJV) also presented £500 of gift vouchers to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) which enabled the charity to buy presents for the families supported by the charity.
CHAS is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure. CHAS runs two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, and a home care service called CHAS at Home.
Pamela Ward, SRP liaison officer presenting £500 worth of gift vouchers to Scot Maxwell, CHAS fundraiser
Another charity to benefit from the project was Crisis Skylight in Edinburgh, which helps bridge the gap many homeless people face in gaining the skills, qualifications and confidence required to break the cycle of homelessness. Since opening in 2010, it has had a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of homeless people.
Ferrovial Lagan Joint Venture (FLJV) raised £2,280 for the Crisis Skylight team which helped the worthy cause provide a warm and welcoming environment and the chance for their Christmas guests to make a fresh start in the New Year.
Raul Pascual, FLJV Project Director presenting £2,280 cheque to Elsie Riley, Crisis Fundraising Manager, Scotland
Community groups benefit from Good Neighbour Fund
Christmas 2015 came early for three local community organisations, each benefitting from a cash windfall thanks to the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
Bothwell Horticultural Society, Viewpark Conservation Group in Uddingston and Hattonrigg Senior Citizens Club in Bellshill, were among the first local community groups to benefit from the Good Neighbour Fund.
The Good Neighbour Fund was established by Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), to give something back to the local communities in close proximity to the works.
Members of The Bothwell Horticultural Society (BHS) were presented with a cheque for £500 at the Butterfly Sensory Garden on Bothwell Main Street in December 2015.
Harry Marsh, secretary, and Morag Smith, former president of Bothwell Horticultural Society, accepted the cheque on behalf of the organisation.
Mr Marsh, said: "The re-vamped sensory garden is a popular attraction for many children and families living in the village. This funding which has been kindly donated by SRP will be used to install a new information board at the entrance to the garden and is very gratefully received."
Similarly, members of Hattonrigg Senior Citizens Club in Bellshill enjoyed a day trip to The Kelpies next to the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Falkirk Wheel, and Viewpark Conservation Group created a calendar to showcase the diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery on Viewpark’s doorstep.
Morag Smith, former president of BHS, Pamela Ward of Ferrovial Lagan and Harry Marsh, Secretary of BHS
Sharks Make a Splash in Sheffield
Bellshill Sharks Amateur Swimming Club made a big splash thanks to a £500 award from Scottish Roads Partnership’s Good Neighbour Fund.
The club, dedicated to developing the skills of talented young swimmers from 8 to 18 years, benefitted from the funding initiative set up to support communities living in close proximity to the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
The Bellshill Sharks used the cash injection to help fund their entry into a swimming competition in Sheffield on in September, 2016.
The money enabled 35 young swimmers to participate in the Sheffield Teaspoons Meet, giving them the opportunity to compete against some of the top swimmers south of the border.
Club secretary Lorna Carlyle, said: "By competing in this meet, the squads were given the opportunity to improve performance, develop new skills and confidence - particularly in our young swimmers, and develop a sense of team spirit."
Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) set aside a total of £15,000 to offer grants of up to £500 to local groups and organisations through the Good Neighbour Fund.
Schools Road Safety Poster Competition
Two budding artists from primary schools in North and South Lanarkshire lifted a top prize of £250 for their school in a competition to design a road safety poster.
The competition, run by Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), challenged local primary school children to design an eye-catching poster to mark National Road Safety Week in November 2015.
In the Primary 4 and under category, the winning poster was created by Neve McAllister (age 7) of Victoria Primary School in Airdrie, who created a colourful design highlighting the potential dangers near pedestrian crossings.
In the Primary 5 and over category, William Walker (age 11) from St. John the Baptist Primary in Uddingston, also won £250 for his school with his design highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving.
Both winning entries were displayed within the project office and were used on suitable construction sites in the local area.
Pamela Ward of Scottish Roads Partnership with winner Neve McAllister of Victoria Primary School in Airdrie
Kids Get Muddy Thanks to Roads Project
Muddy Adventures Community Group, which encourages children and families to engage and learn through nature, received £1,000 from the Good Neighbour Fund £1K Summer Bonus.
The group runs outdoor forest school sessions for 60 youngsters between the ages of 4 and 12, in Strathclyde Country Park. Muddy Adventures, a non-profit community group based in Motherwell, planned to double its numbers and buy vital equipment including childproof cameras and art supplies with the £1,000 award.
Spokeswoman Malissa Bell, said: "This is fantastic news. This money will go far and the children will love it."
Scottish Roads Partnership made a further £500 award to 3rd Blantyre Scout Group to purchase two outdoor shelters to help with the Scout’s conservation project in Redlees Urban Fringe Park near Blantyre in South Lanarkshire.
A total of £15,000 was available to support local groups and organisations through the Good Neighbour Fund with other recipients including: the Celtic Boys 2002 Youth Football Team in North Lanarkshire and the Community Learning & Development Partnership Friday Night Project in Coatbridge.
Scottish Roads Partnership presented Muddy Adventures with a bumper cheque for £1,000 from its Good Neighbour Fund