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Complete closure of M74 southbound link road to northbound M73 to allow opening of new slip road

Complete closure of M74 southbound link road to northbound M73 to allow opening of new slip road

  • No access from southbound M74 to northbound M73
  • Diversion via Raith Interchange and northbound A725
  • Drivers asked to avoid area and use alternative route via M8, Kingston Bridge where possible

Motorists are advised there will be a complete closure of the M74 southbound link road to northbound M73 for approximately 3 weeks from 6am on Monday 15 May 2017. These works are part of the final phases of the project and will allow all lanes to open in the coming weeks.

The opening of the new M8 motorway has allowed these works to progress with the closure required to safely reconstruct the link road as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

Transport Scotland is urging drivers to avoid the area and to use alternative modes of transport wherever possible. Where this is not possible, drivers are being asked to plan their journey using alternative routes, use the M8 via the Kingston Bridge and to visit the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites for further details.

The closure means there will be no access from the southbound M74 to the northbound M73. Commuters who also use the northbound M73 to access the A8 and M8 will also be affected. Diversions will be in place via the southbound M74 Junction 5 (Raith) to the northbound A725.

Signed diversions will be in place for the following journeys:

  • M74 southbound to M73 northbound: via southbound M74 to Junction 5 (Raith), northbound A725 to Shawhead, westbound A8 to Junction 8 (Baillieston), Swinton roundabout to M73 northbound
  • M74 southbound to A8: via southbound M74 to Junction 5 (Raith), northbound A725 to Shawhead to A8 eastbound and westbound
  • M74 southbound to M8 eastbound: via southbound M74 to Junction 5 (Raith), northbound A725 to Shawhead to M8 eastbound
  • M74 southbound to M8 westbound: via southbound M74 to Junction 5 (Raith), northbound A725 to Shawhead, westbound A8 to M8 Junction 8 (Baillieston) to M8 westbound

Transport Scotland project sponsor Graeme Reid said: “These works are critical to allow the new and upgraded roads to be connected to the existing network and can only now take place following the opening of the new M8 which provides greater capacity on the required diversion route.”

“We would like to thank people for their patience whilst these vital works are undertaken and ask them to plan their journeys in advance by visiting the Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland websites and, if possible, avoid the areas affected.”

Traffic management layouts change regularly and road users are advised to routinely check the Transport Scotland website and the Traffic Scotland website for live updates: www.transport.gov.scot and www.trafficscotland.org

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