DRIVERS face weeks of overnight disruption on the M8 in Glasgow as lanes are closed during work to replace central barriers.
Scotland TranServ is replacing 1.2 kilometres of barrier on the M8 eastbound between Junctions 22 and 21 at Kinning Park, as part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme.
Work will start on 19 April and run overnight from Sunday to Thursday for ten weeks, starting at 8pm and ending at 6 o’clock each morning.
Scotland TranServ, has replaced around 25 kilometres of central reservation barrier along the M8 over the last three years.
Laura Gray, Scotland TranServ’s deputy planned maintenance manager, said: “Already, on behalf of Transport Scotland, we have invested more than £4.5million to replace M8 barriers that are reaching the end of their maintainable life. We’ve improved lighting with hundreds of new energy efficient LED lamps and refurbished overhead gantries, installing new LED signage, delivering long-term benefits to Scotland’s busiest motorway.
“In order to complete this £620,000 project as efficiently and safely as possible it will be necessary to implement overnight lane closures on the motorway from Sunday to Thursday each week for up to ten weeks. Short local diversions will be clearly signed.”
She added: “Scotland TranServ has worked closely with key stakeholders such as Police Scotland and local authorities to schedule these works, to reduce the impact on commuters and freight traffic.”
The M8 is Scotland’s busiest motorway, with more than 100,000 vehicles using the trunk route daily.
Andy Fraser, Scotland TranServ’s operating company representative, added: “Scotland TranServ continues to deliver a programme of works to modernise this major route, while keeping disruption to a minimum. Across South West Scotland, we’re working on behalf of Transport Scotland to prioritise road maintenance issues, improve lighting, replace barriers and deliver road surface improvement projects as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible.”