Next phase of refurbishment work continues on the M8

Expect delays on the M8 next week
Expect delays on the M8 next week

The third phase of a £6m rolling programme to refurbish the overhead gantries on the M8 motorway will commence on Monday.

The investment from Transport Scotland will see four gantries on the M8, between Junctions 10 and 11 (westbound), 11 and 12 (westbound), 14 and 15 (eastbound) and 24 and 25 (westbound) being refurbished.

The refurbishments will involve maintenance works to the structural steelwork and the upgrading of the lighting technology within the gantries.

Due to the nature of the works and to protect the health and safety of motorists and road workers alike a series of traffic management measures will be in place overnight, between the hours of 8pm and 6am, from October 24-31.

Scotland TranServ, which maintains almost 200 sign gantries on south west Scotland’s motorways and trunk roads will carry out the work to the structures, which provide a lane management facility and keep motorists up to date with real time traffic information.

The refurbished structures will provide a number of long term benefits including energy savings and helping to reduce the increasing demands of routine maintenance.

Scotland TranServ’s operating company representative, Andy Fraser said: “We have successfully completed the first two phases of this programme and we hope to emulate this during the third round of refurbishments.

“Some of the existing gantries have been in place for over 30 years and this programme will result in significant long term benefits to thousands of motorists using the M8 each day.

“Not only has the signage been improved but also the innovative use of LED lighting will achieve 70 per cent in energy savings per gantry each year ensuring we play a pivotal role in helping Transport Scotland meet its carbon reduction targets for 2020.”

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting the Traffic Scotland website