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Glasgow to Edinburgh direct connect road opens


The M8 motorway has opened completely after three years of construction, providing a direct link between Glasgow and Edinburgh for the first time.

Part of a £500M project to upgrade the M8, M73 and M74 motorways, the three-lane motorway includes adjacent cycle and pedestrian highways. The westbound carriageway from Eurocentral to Baillieston opened to traffic a week before the second, eastbound section.

Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) with its main contractor, a Ferrovial Lagan joint venture, delivered this section of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project for Transport Scotland.

“Now the M8 is fully open, commuters between Glasgow and Edinburgh should experience a significant improvement to their journeys between Newhouse and Baillieston Interchange,” said Scottish cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown.

“This has significantly reduced the traffic volume on the A8 so that the contractor can focus on completing upgrades to the existing A8 and linking it to the new all-purpose road, which is a continuation of the A8 at Eurocentral.”

The £500M project is the first of £1.7bn construction investment for Scotland’s road network being delivered this financial year.

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