M8 '˜missing link' section due to open ahead of schedule

The new section of the M8 is to open to traffic almost a week ahead of schedule.

Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 12:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:03 pm
Road works affected many drivers on the M8. Picture: Transport Scotland

The so-called missing link of Scotland’s busiest motorway between Newhouse and Ballieston will open westbound on April 23 and eastbound a week later.

It is the latest stage in the £500 million M8 M73 and M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

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Diversions on the M8/A8 started in February while the finishing touches were put to the new carriageway.

Transport Scotland said the work will improve journey times at peak times by around 20 minutes.