Anyone travelling in the vicinity of Raith in the coming weeks has been advised of potentially significant delays in the area.
Transport Scotland engineers will be working at sites along the M74 on approach to Junction 5 Raith for approximately ten days from July 16th.
Essential repairs to Raith Bridge
A contraflow will be in operation on both directions of the M74 to allow for essential bridge maintenance works.
As a result, drivers are advised to plan additional time into their journeys and to avoid the area if possible.
Graham Drummond, operations manager for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “Scottish Roads Partnership is asking motorists to plan their journey in advance and if possible to use an alternative route or mode of transport while these essential maintenance works are completed.”
He added the scheme will require specific periods of closure when concrete repair and waterproofing are carried out and allowed time to dry.
For this reason, motorists should not become frustrated if they do not see workers at the site of some prolonged closures.
These road works are among the many planned to improve Scottish roads and motorways.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “The repairs and maintenance to the M74 Raith Bridge over the River Clyde are essential works and motorists are asked to bear with engineers throughout the coming weeks.”
A set of new draft proposals have been published highlighting the potential for several major upgrades to transport links in south-west Scotland.
In total, 23 options have been released for further consideration as part of the South West Scotland Transport Study.
Plans for major investment in the region
Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We understand the importance of connectivity for the south-west of Scotland and extensive stakeholder engagement and data gathering has taken place during this study to help us develop a good understanding of the issues and opportunities for strategic transport links across all modes.”
Major works now being assessed include upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity in the local area, as well as upgrades to the A76 and to transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.
Mr Matheson added more than 3,000 people have already contributed their ideas to the planned improvements, with Transport Scotland offering regular updates on proposals for all interested parties.
Once the options have been reviewed, all “emerging recommendations” will be considered as part of Scotland’s nationwide Strategic Transport Projects Review.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Delivering enhanced transport connectivity will provide significant benefits to communities and businesses across south-west Scotland. It’s great to see the ball keeps rolling on transport network upgrades for this important region.”
The next generation of UK engineers could be inspired this summer by the engineering masterpieces that are Scotland’s Forth Bridges.
Transport Scotland is hosting a unique and free summer event for young people keen to learn more about these amazing structures.
Inspiration for the future
Entitled ‘Fantastic Forth’, a six-week summer programme will take place in South Queensferry that will explore the history and engineering brilliance of the Forth Bridges.
It aims to showcase to budding engineers the design that went into making sure these impressive structures stand the test of time, as well as what specifically was involved in their construction.
Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “As a parent myself, I know it can be a challenge keeping children and young people occupied during the summer months.
“So I’m delighted that we are able to offer these free activities throughout the school holidays this summer.”
He added that the area is “a great place to visit to learn more about the three centuries of engineering sat side by side”.
Fantastic Forth will include a range of activities and challenges suitable for all ages, and will run from July 1st until August 9th.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Educating more young people about the amazing engineering that went into the Forth Bridges will be a great way to inspire the next generation of engineers.”
Scotland’s roads will benefit from the launch of a new fund designed to provide investment in major transport projects in the months to come.
The Road Safety Framework Fund will see up to £425,000 made available to support innovative projects and ideas to improve transport connectivity.
Focus on innovative approaches
The new funding will help to identify new methods to encourage speed compliance, protect existing or future drivers and motorcyclists, and to help protect vulnerable road users.
Out of the funding allocation, £75,000 has been set aside to support organisations in the retrospective analysis of delivered projects. It’s hoped that this additional investment will provide future insight into how improvements to the delivery of transport networks can be carried out in future.
Scottish cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Road Safety Framework Fund for 2019 supports potentially high impact and novel ideas which can help improve road safety, while at the same time supporting organisations [to] evaluate previous projects to better understand their effectiveness.”
He added the main aim of this funding will be to further reduce the number of injuries and accidents reported on the nation’s roads network in the coming years.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Developing innovative solutions to Scotland’s transport issues will provide significant benefits to communities and businesses up and down the country in the months and years to come.”
An exhibition to highlight the preferred upgrades to the A9/A82 Longman Junction will be taking place in Inverness this month.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to view the options that are currently in the planning pipeline.
Connecting with the local community
Visitors will be able to view the upcoming proposal and leave comments for planners.
Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We are taking forward our plans to improve the traffic bottleneck at Longman and we have been working hard to identify a preferred option for this important junction in the Highland capital following initial identification of five options last year.”
Mr Matheson added feedback from the public is vital to ensuring this ambitious project for the local community has optimal results. Detailed assessment and development of the scheme will then move into its final phases.
The first exhibition will be held at the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Stadium on June 25th, followed by a second the next day at Inverness Town House.
Both will be open to the public between 12 noon and 7 pm.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Removing bottlenecks will provide a considerable benefit to the local community and businesses moving forward. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the scheme to have their say.”