Icephobic Coating Trial for Charing X Tunnel
As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ will install an innovative new icephobic coating on the M8 Charing Cross tunnel to help tackle the potential for icicles forming under extreme cold temperatures.
During the winter of 2017/18 and particularly during the Beast from the East, it was necessary to implement emergency closures of the trunk road in order to clear the icicles, maintaining safety for road users.
Brian Coyle, Scotland TranServ’s Assistant Network Bridges Engineer said:
“The extreme temperatures of recent winters led to a number of issues with icicles forming on the underside of the Charing Cross tunnel. On several occasions, it was necessary for our Operations team to close the motorway in order to clear the forming ice from the roof and protect the health and safety of drivers.
“Scotland TranServ has been involved in extensive consultation with the local authority, emergency services and key stakeholders to carefully schedule this three-week programme of work to have minimal impact on commuters and businesses, avoiding peak holiday periods, busy weekends and major events. Traffic management will only be implemented once traffic flows are sufficiently low.”
In order to install this new coating, it will be necessary to implement a series of overnight closures of the M8 at Charing Cross. Traffic management will therefore be installed during the following times:
- Week nights (Sunday to Friday) from 10pm each evening until 6am the following morning, from Sunday the 18th of August, starting westbound
- Works will switch to eastbound for the second half of the programme
Works will last for approximately 3 weeks. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles throughout. Local diversions will be in place overnight only during this programme of work. Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
Please click on the button below to view overnight diversion map: