The works to the M8, M73 and M74, running through Scotland's central belt have officially been declared opened by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon this month. The new sections of motorway, including a seven mile stretch of the M8, have been open to traffic from the spring, but all snagging works are due to be completed by the end of September.
The new road network is already delivering significant time savings, with Transport Scotland reporting journey-time improvements of around 20 minutes on some routes, and the prediction that accidents across the network should be cut by more than 100 per year.
Nicola Sturgeon commented; ‘With the completion of this project, and three others: the Queensferry Crossing, the first section of the A9 dualling and the Aberdeen bypass – by next spring, more than 250km of new roads will have been completed in the last 10 years – representing a total investment in construction of £2.81bn.’ (Highways Magazine, August 2017)
As the UK continues to invest, to improve its roads and transport infrastructure, we are continuing to see a high demand for highways professionals, civil and structural engineers and transport planners.
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