Roads bosses warn of more motorway misery

Drivers face further delays on the M74 between Motherwell and Glasgow.
Drivers face further delays on the M74 between Motherwell and Glasgow.

Hard-pressed drivers are being warned to expect more “significant” delays on the area’s motorways from next week.

It’s because of work to remove overhead signs and install new ones as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

The work will mean lane and slip road closures, with traffic between Motherwell and Glasgow on the M74, between Glasgow and Edinburgh on the A8 and heading north and south on the M73 being hit.

Drivers have endured delays for the last two years due to the motorway works which are scheduled to finish next spring.

Last weekend queues of 10 miles were reported on the M74 north between Raith and Lesmahagow, and there were also long tailbacks in the opposite direction.

Transport Scotland said gantry work on the M74 northbound and southbound between Junction 2A, Fullarton, and Junction 6, Hamilton, will start on Monday, August 8, and last about three months.

From mid-August similar work will affect the M8 between Easterhouse and Baillieston for four months. And work will take place on the M73 northbound and southbound between Maryville and Baillieston from mid–September for approximately six weeks.

Graeme Reid, project manager for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “Transport Scotland is working with the contractor to ensure these works are completed as quickly as possible.

“Whilst we’re doing everything we can to minimise the disruption, delays will be inevitable, so we’re asking motorists to check the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for updates on these key routes, to plan their journeys in advance and to look at taking an alternative route if possible.”