Three months of weekend roads misery

Drivers face A8 disruption.
Drivers face A8 disruption.

Weekend motorists face delays on the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse for three months as the major motorway improvement work is stepped up.

A contraflow on approach to the Chapelhall and Shawhead junctions will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction from 8pm on Friday to 6am on Monday each weekend.

Work is taking place on two structures as part of the construction of the new M8 stretch. It includes the demolition of Bo’ness Road bridge, which crosses the A8 at Chapelhall, and the construction of a widened bridge at Shawhead.

Graeme Reid, manager of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “These works have been scheduled to take place over the weekends to avoid disruption to commuters during the morning and evening peaks. Two lanes will be reinstated in each direction ahead of the Monday morning rush hour.”

Mr Reid warned delays will be inevitable and said drivers should consider alternative routes.

The restrictions come in on Friday, May 6, but will not be in place over the weekend of the Scottish Cup final (May 21) or during the Bank Holiday the following week.