M8 West Lothian bridge works near Livingston and Whitburn rescheduled after postponement following the Queen's death

Refurbishment works on the M8 in West Lothian, near Livingston and Whitburn, have been rescheduled for later this month.

The works on the bridge carrying the M8 motorway over the railway at Junction 3A will now take place from September 30 to October 3, after being postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Motorists have been warned to plan ahead and expect delays if they need to travel on the M8 that weekend.

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A contraflow system will be in place on the M8 between Junction 3 Livingston and Junction 4 Whitburn, between 8.30pm on the night of Friday, September 30 until 6am on Monday, October 3.

The westbound off-slip at M8 Junction 3A will be closed during these times. Traffic will be redirected to exit at Junction 3 and follow the A899, A705 and A779. This diversion will add an estimated two miles and five minutes to affected journeys.

The westbound on-slip at Junction 3A will remain open.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s South East Unit Bridges Manager, said: “This project to refurbish and re-waterproof the bridge deck is essential to ensuring that this motorway structure will continue to provide safe and reliable service for years to come.

Drivers in West Lothian have been told to "expect delays" ahead of the M8 Junction 3A bridge refurbishment.

“The works have been scheduled over the weekend to minimise travel disruption as much as possible, however motorists should expect delays if they do need to travel on the M8 that weekend.

“We thank road users for their patience and understanding and recommend that they check the latest travel updates and allow extra travel time for their journeys.

“Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the M8 is fully open to traffic on the Monday morning, the extent of concrete repairs required will not be known until the existing surfacing is removed. These works are also highly weather dependent and so could be postponed and rearranged at short notice depending on the weather.”

BEAR Scotland has consulted with all relevant stakeholders including local authorities and Police Scotland ahead of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements.

Live traffic information is available from the Traffic Scotland website and Twitter account.