£2.7million Investment for M8 – Scotland Transerv

£2.7million Investment for M8

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, is preparing to release a £2.7million investment on the M8.

This substantial value will cover a number of resurfacing projects to deliver long-term improvements to large sections of Scotland’s busiest road from Bishopton to Stepps; with works also including new road markings, drainage replacement works and bridge management projects.

Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Road Design Engineer said:

“As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road investment programme, Scotland TranServ will continue to resurface the country’s busiest road, delivering tangible, long-term improvements to the quality of the road surface.

“Scotland TranServ has been working with a number of local authorities, the emergency services and key stakeholders to carefully schedule our programme. We have worked with Developers constructing the new interchange at Bishopton for the Dargavel Development and associated motorway junctions, planning around their works in order to minimise the impact on commuters, businesses and neighbouring communities.

“Ahead of the busy Christmas period, and out with peak holiday seasons, we now need to seize this narrow window of opportunity to improve as much of the carriageway as possible, while reducing disruption and keeping our workers and motorists safe.”

Forthcoming provisionally scheduled resurfacing projects include:

  • Barnhill to Black Cart Eastbound – Resurfacing of 685m of the eastbound M8 near Glasgow Airport. This £221k project will require the weekend contraflow of the trunk road, with local diversions in place. Works are currently programmed for January 2020

  • Old Greenock Road to North Porton Road – This £218k programme of work will require the weekend contraflow of this section of the trunk road. Adjacent to Bishopton, Scotland TranServ will resurface 1km of carriageway between Friday the 8th and Monday the 11th of November
  • Woodside Viaduct Eastbound – Works on this £138k project will be carried out under weekday overnight closures from Saturday 16th until the early morning of Wednesday 20th Scotland TranServ will resurface 460m of the eastbound carriageway near Cowcaddens

Our Network maintenance Team will complete the delivery of more than £0.75million of investment on behalf of Transport Scotland. Works to improve drainage at, Junction 27 near Paisley and at Junction 28 near Glasgow Airport have already been completed.

Liam Browne, Scotland TranServ’s Network Area Manager added:

“We have a number of important resurfacing and drainage works planned over the next few months. These will be carefully scheduled to minimise the impact on commuters and businesses using Scotland’s busiest motorway. We will work through the night and at weekends deliver this programme as quickly and safely as possible.”

Our forthcoming projects include:

  • M8 Junction 13 – Resurfacing of approximately 200m of trunk road on the westbound carriageway. This £72k programme is underway.
  • M8 West Ferry to Cora Campus – Resurfacing 650m of the M8 eastbound between Junction 31 and Junction 30. This £65k programme of work is scheduled for completion over a number of nights from 21st November
  • M8 Junction 11 to 12 – Resurfacing of 300m of the westbound carriageway between Stepps Road and Cumbernauld Road. This £50k project is currently being planned for January 2020
  • M8 Junction 16 to 17 Westbound – Currently programmed for January 2020, this £440k programme of work will see the resurfacing of 3km of carriageway

Scotland TranServ’s Network Bridges team will meanwhile deliver £700k of investment on behalf of Transport Scotland’s strategic management programme.

Brian Laurie, Scotland TranServ’s Network Bridges Manager said:

“Because we’re working underneath the structure, much of our work goes unseen. Predominantly we’ll be working on the Woodside Viaduct near Cowcaddens over the next few months. Works will include investigations and surveys and a programme of bridge joint replacements. Where possible, works will be carried out overnight in order to reduce the impact on commuters and businesses using the trunk road.”

The Network Bridges programme includes:

  • M8 Junction 17 to 16 – Replacement of bridge joints on the M8 eastbound at Woodside Viaduct. This £200k first phase of works will be completed ahead of the busy Christmas period
  • M8 Junction 16 to 17 – The £200k second phase of bridge joint replacement works at the westbound Woodside Viaduct begins after Christmas. This break in the schedule will help to reduce the impact on families and the rest of the travelling public during the festive season

Paul Lynch, Scotland TranServ’s Network Manager concluded:

“Across South West Scotland, Scotland TranServ is delivering an essential programme of work to improve the region’s trunk road infrastructure on behalf of Transport Scotland, supporting the economic growth and development of our local communities.

“Where possible, it is Scotland TranServ’s aim to deliver these tangible, long-term benefits to commuters, businesses and tourists visiting our area, with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption throughout. Our teams have coordinated works in consultation with a number of authorities and stakeholders, always balancing the need to maintain our trunk roads with the necessity to keep South West Scotland moving.”