The Scottish Government has announced the opening of the M8, M73 and M74 as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.
The country's Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair work, Keith Brown, said all daytime lane restrictions on the M8, M73 and M74 will be removed progressively over the coming days, freeing up capacity on the key part of Central Scotland’s motorway network.
He adds that this will allow road users to experience the benefit of the widened motorways and help deliver the full journey time savings of the new M8 motorway opened in April and the M74 Raith Underpass opened in February.
As part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, a range of improvements have been built over the last three years, including a new M8 motorway, significant improvements to Raith and Shawhead junctions as well as widening of the M8, M73 and M74, with new lanes providing an increase in motorway capacity.
Mr Brown said, “We are just a few days away from seeing the last of the lane restrictions being removed from the motorway network as originally planned.
“When this happens, Scotland’s economy will start to see the economic benefit of this half billion pound investment in the nation’s infrastructure. These huge improvements to the Central Scotland motorway network, which had been operating significantly beyond capacity, will improve connections for business and road users alike.
“This will unleash the economic benefits which lie at the heart of this project and help our economy grow in a sustainable manner.
“This will result of better journey times during peak periods, better connectivity, journey time reliability, and road safety – improving access to facilities and employment areas.”