Junction to open early

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A MOTORWAY junction being revamped as part of the new Forth crossing is to open ahead of schedule.

The new £25.6 million M9 Junction 1a will be up and running on February 1, improving links with West Lothian and north Edinburgh.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “It should encourage drivers who use local roads to avoid congestion to use the improved junction and, in turn, relieve communities of the strategic traffic they regularly have to endure.

“I congratulate my officials and contractors on a fine job.”