The Project is based on a 33-year PPP contract with Scottish Ministers for the construction, operation and maintenance of part of the motorway network between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The works comprise building a new section of the M8 motorway and upgrading sections of the M73 and M74 motorways. The contract is the first transport project done under the Non-Profit Distributing (“NPD”) model as used in Scotland.
A total of 29km of road has been upgraded, including the conversion of the A8 trunk road between Baillieston and Newhouse near Glasgow to motorway standard, so completing the M8 motorway from Edinburgh to Glasgow. A new dedicated M8/A8 lanes has also been builtconnecting the Eurocentral business and industrial centre to the motorway network near Glasgow.
Journey time savings are substantial for such a critical part of Scotland’s road network which was previously experiencing extreme congestion at peak times, particularly at the nodal junctions in the network. Journey time savings of 20 minutes have been recorded on the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow and 15 minutes just at the critical Raith Interchange on the M74.
The Good Neighbour Fund was set up during the construction phase with an initial funding of £15,000, aimed at supporting charities and local community groups. To date, more than 20 separate groups have benefitted from the Fund’s support. In Q4 2022, the Bothwell Trust, which had also benefitted from an award of the Good Neighbour Fund in June 2022, requested permission to plant an additional 50-60 trees within a fenced areas of the network away from the road. A risk assessment will be undertaken before any works will be allowed. £500 each was donated to two Christmas Toy Appeals within the local area and towards a Community Garden Project in the Blantyre area which is run by the local Community.
The Project is tackling emissions from congestion by reducing journey times across the central network by up to 20 minutes, a key measurement of success from the Project initiation stage.
Journey saving between Edinburgh and Glasgow
Transportation project done under the Scottish Non-Profit distributing model
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