Get Set, Go4Set

Go4Set, STEM, Noise Meter, Trinity High School, Cathkin High School, Cambuslang, Glasgow, TRISS, motorway, trunk road, Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, careers, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, roadworks, education, schools, learningScotland TranServ is turning up the volume on its Go4Set programme, supporting two local schools in the delivery of a season of engineering and environment education.

Youngsters from Trinity High School and Cathkin High School took part in activities ranging from Noise Meter testing to learning all about the activities of our TRISS teams (Trunk Roads Incident Support Service).

The S2 pupils have been working with a group of young Scotland TranServ engineers since November, learning all about their roles and day-to-day activities as part of the Go4Set programme.

Kirsty McConnell, Scotland TranServ’s Graduate Environmental Specialist said:

“Go4Set is a great way for young people to learn about potential careers in science, the environment, engineering and technology, while having fun. We hope that they get as much out of these fields as we did, and that perhaps they too are inspired to one-day follow a similar career path.”

For more information on Go4Set, please visit their website: www.etrust.org.uk

Essential Resurfacing for M74 South

M74, Hamilton, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Larkhall, freight haulier, coach travel, roadworks, overnight roadworks, Traffic Scotland, Transport Scotland, motorway, Scotland TranServ, roadworkers, safety, weekend roadworksScotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will deliver a short programme of overnight improvements to one of Scotland’s main economic routes.

The trunk road and motorway management company intends carrying out the road surface improvement project between Junction 8 and Junction 10 of the M74 southbound.

Scotland TranServ’s Principal Designer for the project, Alan Murray said:

“This short programme of works will deliver tangible benefits to one of Scotland’s main arteries south. We have taken into consideration all nearby works, and decided to carry out this essential resurfacing works during the period of lowest traffic volume. It will deliver long term benefits in the quality of journey, to those commuters, freight traffic and tourists heading south for many years to come.”

The £117,000 project will see around 400m of improvements to the M74 southbound on the junction 8 slip road and a lane of the motorway’s southbound carriageway.

To deliver the essential improvements it will be necessary to close the slip road and inside lane of the motorway from 8pm on Friday 24th February until 6am on Sunday 26th.

In order to keep potential disruption to an absolute minimum and provide a safe working environment for our engineers it will also be necessary to close the motorway while carrying out work on the inside lane between these junctions. Works therefore will take place:

  • Saturday 25th February 00:01 to 04:00, and
  • Sunday 26th February 00:01 to 04:00

Diversions will be in place along the B7078, Carlisle Road through Kirkmuirhill during these Saturday and Sunday overnight periods. The Northbound section of motorway will be unaffected during this time.

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting www.trafficscotland.org.

Improvement works on A77 Drummellan Farm to Smithston

Road users are set to benefit from improvement works on A77 Drummellan Farm to Smithston (located between Maybole and the B742).

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out resurfacing and lining works on the A77 between Drummellan Farm and Smithston. The works will start at 20:00 on Friday 17th February 2017 and finish 06:00 on Monday 20th February 2017. During this time both carriageways will be closed, with a diversion route in place.

The signed diversion route will divert vehicles onto the A719 at Turnberry, Dunure Road, Greenfield Avenue, B7024 Alloway, Murdochs Loan, Doonholm Road, before rejoining the A77.

Operating company representative for Scotland TranServ, Andy Fraser said:

“The resurfacing works are essential for the safety of road users in the area. The full weekend closure will allow the works to take place safely and continuously.”

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting www.trafficscotland.org.

Statement: A77 landslip repairs

Two landslips have recently occurred on the A77. The two landslips are unrelated, and 15 miles apart.

 

 

Landslip 1: A77 between Girvan and Lendalfoot at Kennedy’s pass.

A landslip occurred at approximately 07:58 on Saturday 4th February 2017.

The landslip is adjacent to the southbound carriageway where, due to heavy rainfall, slipped material encroached onto the A77 trunk road. This impacted the trunk road by closing the southbound lane.

Temporary traffic lights were installed at 10:10 to maintain the flow of traffic through this area to minimise disruption to the travelling public. A temporary barrier system was installed at 19:30 to prevent the possibility of further loose material falling onto the trunk road, protect road users and allow the A77 to remain open.

Geotechnical investigations are on-going to identify, as quickly as possible, the required remedial  works to allow the removal of the temporary traffic lights and barrier system. Scotland TranServ engineers are also regularly monitoring the site to ensure it remains safe for the travelling public.

Scotland TranServ will provide a further update as soon as more information is available.

 

Landslip 2: A77 Ballantrae at Drumbro Kennels, Glen App

A second minor landslip occurred on the A77 at approximately 09:28 on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

The upslope section of the A77 at Drumbro Kennels slipped. The impact on the trunk road was minor, with some silt being deposited and flood water crossing the carriageway.

Scotland TranServ assisted the Renewable Energy Workforce in clearing the road. The water was diverted into a nearby culvert and this was fully cleared by 17:05 with minimal disruption to the travelling public.

This area is being closely monitored for any further movement by Scotland TranServ engineers.

 

Weekend closure of eastbound A725 East Kilbride Expressway scheduled as part of major investment programme

Road users are set to benefit from a £384k investment to resurface part of the A725 East Kilbride Expressway as a programme of essential works gets underway on Friday 10th February 2017, with road users being warned to avoid the area and any potential delays during the works.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out the works to resurface the eastbound carriageway of the East Kilbride Expressway, where the A725 meets the B7012 to High Blantyre.

With safety being of the utmost priority, a full weekend closure of the eastbound expressway will be required when the work is being carried out, which could cause significant delays in the area. The eastbound carriageway will close on Friday 10th February at 20:00, and re-open on Monday 13th February at 06:00.

Traffic management will be in place throughout the works, with a local diversion in operation, but motorists are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow additional time, as well as look at alternative routes prior to weekend closure.

Road users travelling eastbound on the A725 should follow the signed diversions via the B7012, continue onto Douglas Street then take the on-slip to rejoin the A725.

Operating company representative for Scotland TranServ, Andy Fraser said:

“This programme of work is part of over half a million pounds of investment in maintaining the A725.

“The resurfacing works are essential for the safety of our many road users, and a full weekend closure isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly. With heavy commuting traffic during weekdays, the weekend closure has actually been carefully planned to ensure minimal disruption to road users. We would advise motorists to plan ahead and look at alternative routes for their journeys in order to avoid potential delays.”

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting www.trafficscotland.org.

£160k investment in Renfrewshire’s trunk roads

Local communities are set to benefit from a £160k investment in resurfacing the A737 trunk road between the River Garnock and Dalry town centre commencing on Friday 27 January 2017.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out the works to resurface the route in both directions over one weekend.

A full closure of the A737 will be required at this location to protect operatives and road users alike. Traffic management will be in place from 8.00pm on Friday 27 January until 6.00am on Monday 30 January.

Road users traveling southbound should follow a local diversion via the A737 at Manrahead Roundabout, B777 towards Glengarnock then continue on the B780 to Dalry before rejoining the A737 at Townend Street. Northbound traffic should follow the same route in reverse.

Operating company representative for Scotland TranServ, Andy Fraser said:

“This programme of essential maintenance will ensure a safer and smoother journey for road users travelling on the A737 each day.

“We have carefully planned the works over the shortest time possible, ensuring minimum disruption to road users, however we would advise motorists to plan ahead and leave plenty of time for their journeys.”

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting www.trafficscotland.org.

Further investment in the A725

A further £120k is set to be invested in South Lanarkshire’s roads as a programme of essential maintenance gets underway on the A725 from Monday 30 January 2017.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out the works to resurface the route on the eastbound offslip and onslip of the A725 leading to Douglas Street, Blantyre.

With safety of the utmost priority, a full overnight closure of both slips will be required when the work is being carried-out.  The slips will close at each night at 20.00 from Monday, 30 January until Thursday 2 February and will reopen at 6.00 the following morning.

Road users wishing to join the A725 should follow the signed diversion via the B7012 and Douglas Street, before rejoining the A725 at Main Street. Road users leaving the A725 should continue on the A725 and exit at Main Street before returning westbound on the B7012.

Operating company representative for Scotland TranServ, Andy Fraser said:

“This programme of work is part of over half a million pounds of investment in maintaining the A725 through South Lanarkshire.

“We have carefully planned the works to ensure minimum disruption to road users however we would always advise motorists to plan ahead.”

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by following @trafficscotland on Twitter or visiting www.trafficscotland.org.

A898 Erskine Bridge Overnight slip road resurfacing works

Local communities across West Dunbartonshire will welcome a programme of works to resurface the slip roads of the A898 at Erskine Bridge which will begin on Thursday 2nd February 2017.

ScotlandTranServ, will carry out the works on behalf of Transport Scotland, which will see the on and off slips at the north end (A82) resurfaced over five nights.

To ensure the safety of the workforce, a series of closures will be in place on the slip roads to and from the Bridge and the A82 each night from 8.00pm until 6.00am. A local diversion route will also be in place via Dunglass Roundabout and Mountblow Interchange.

On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February 2017 the northbound carriageway of the Erskine Bridge will be closed at the M898 motorway at the south end of the bridge. There will be no access to the bridge from the Spectacles Roundabout from 8.00pm until 6.00am each night and a local diversion will be in place.

Operating company representative for ScotlandTranServ, Andy Fraser said:

“We understand the importance of the A898 at Erskine Bridge as a lifeline route and have carefully programmed the works through consultation with the local authority and emergency services.

“We thank the local communities of West Dunbartonshire for their patience whilst these essential maintenance works are completed.”

Road users can access real time traffic information by visiting Traffic Scotland’s website and Twitter feed.

M8 overhead gantry reinstatement

Work to reinstate four, refurbished overhead gantries on the M8 is set to commence on Friday, 20 January 2017.

The programme, which is part of a £6.5m investment from Transport Scotland, will see four gantries on the M8, between Junctions 10 and 11 (westbound), 11 and 12 (westbound), 18 and 15 (eastbound) and 23 and 25 (westbound) being installed after extensive refurbishment and maintenance works to the structural steelwork and the upgrading of the lighting technology.

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 8.00pm and 6.00am. The first installation will begin on Friday 20 January with all work completed by Saturday 25 February 2017.  Further details are noted below.

Scotland TranServ, which maintains almost 200 sign gantries on south west Scotland’s motorways and trunk roads has carried out the work to the structures over the last four months, which provide an important 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 are delighted to have successfully completed the third round of our prioritised programme for the refurbishment of the M8 gantries.

“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% 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 www.trafficscotland.org.

 

Traffic Management:

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January 2017

  1. Total closure of the M8 westbound at Junction 10
  2. Total closure of Junction 10 westbound on slip
  3. Offside lane closure of the M8 eastbound from Junctions 11 – 10

Diversions:

Diversion 1 – Take M8 Junction 10 westbound off slip at Bartiebeith Road, Edinburgh Road, Stepps Road and Junction 11 on slip

Diversion 2a – Follow Westerhouse Road, Auchinlea Way and then follow Diversion route 1

Diversion 2b – Follow Diversion route 1

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017

  1. Total closure of the M8 westbound at Junction 11
  2. Total closure of the on slip at Junction 11 westbound

Diversions:

Diversion 1 – Leave the M8 at Junction 11 westbound off slip and on to Stepps Road, Edinburgh Road, Cumbernauld Road and Junction 12 westbound on slip

Diversion 2 a – Follow Cartloch Road, Cumbernauld Road and on to Junction 12 westbound on slip

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February 2017
1. Total closure of the M8 Junction 18 on slip at Charing Cross
2. Total closure of the M8 at Great Western Road eastbound on slip
3. Total closure of the M8 Junction 16 eastbound on slip

  1. Total closure of the M8 West Street eastbound on slip
    5. Offside lane closure on the M8 eastbound with dedicated lane in operation
  2. Total closure of the M8 in both directions at Junction 15
  3. Total closure of the M8 Stirling Road eastbound on slip
  4. Total closure of the M8 Castle Street eastbound on slip
  5. Offside lane closure westbound between Junctions 13 and 15

Diversions:

Diversion 1 – Motorists should follow St George’s Road, Phoenix Road, Dobbie’s Loan, Kyle Street, Baird Street, Royston Road on to Provanmill Road

Diversion 1a – Circle roundabout to join diversion 1

Diversion 2 – Motorists should follow West Graham Street, Garscube Road then on to Diversion route 1

Diversion 3 – Follow Diversion Route 1 from Dobbie’s Loan

Diversion 4 – Motorists should follow Craighall Road, Keppochill Road, Springburn Road, Royston Road and Cumbernauld Road

Diversion 6 – Motorists should follow West Street, Clyde Place, Commerce Street, GV Bridge, Broomielaw, Argyle Street and Junction 19 at Anderston eastbound on slip

Diversion 7 – Follow A803, Baird Street and join Diversion route 1

Diversion 8a – Castle Street, Alexandria Parade and Cumbernauld Road

Diversion 8b – Follow Royston Road then on towards Diversion route 1

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017

  1. Total closure of the M8 westbound secondary carriageway link to M8 westbound at Junction 23
  2. Total closure of the M8 westbound at Junction 24
  3. Total closure of Junction 24 westbound on slip
  4. Offside lane closure onto M8 eastbound between Junction 24 to Junction 25

Diversions:

Diversion 1 – Take M77 southbound at Junction 1 then follow Dumbreck Road, Paisley Road West, Helen Street, Shieldhall Road, and Fifty Pitches Road

Diversion 2a – Take Junction 24 westbound off slip and follow Diversion route 1

Diversion 3a – Follow Diversion route 1

Diversion 3b – Follow Helen Street then circle roundabout and follow Diversion route 1

A76 works at Sanquhar

A programme of patching works on the A76 at Sanquhar, will commence on Sunday 22 January 2017.

Scotland TranServ on behalf of Transport Scotland will carry out the essential maintenance throughout the town in under 24 hours.

To protect the safety of our workforce and road users, a total closure of the A76 at the Tollbooth in Sanquhar will be in place continuously from 8.00am until 6.00pm with a local diversion in place. Works to the north and south of the Tollbooth will be managed by traffic light control to allow for local access.

Road users will travel northbound on the A702 from Carronbridge to Abington Services, along the B7078 to Ayr Road (North of Douglas) and onto the A70 to Cumnock before re-joining the A76.  Southbound motorists will travel the same route in reverse.

Andy Fraser, operating company representative for Scotland TranServ said:

“This essential maintenance scheme will be carried out to create a safer and smoother road surface on this section of the A76.

“We have carefully programmed the works over one day, when traffic flows are expected to be lighter, ensuring minimum disruption to road users.”

Real time journey information can be found by visiting Traffic Scotland’s website or Twitter feed.



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