M74 works

Motorists warned of overnight works on M74

Anyone planning journeys in the Glasgow area are advised of possible overnight delays for four nights from September 2nd.

The M74 northbound carriageway between Junction 4 Maryville and the M73 southbound merge, near Junction 3A Daldowie, will be closed.

Safety is paramount for all projects

Carriageway resurfacing and bridge repairs will take place each evening from 8pm to 6am, with drivers urged to avoid the area if possible.

Signposted diversions will be in place for four nights via the M73 northbound link road to Junction 2 Baillieston before returning to the M73 southbound and M74 northbound at Junction 1 Maryville.

Access to the M74 will be maintained in both directions throughout the planned works.

Transport Scotland has apologised to travellers affected by the closures but stressed the necessity of doing so in order to safeguard the wellbeing of engineers working in the area.

Motorists who are planning journeys during the affected period are asked to leave additional time to reach their destination and to plan their journeys in advance, taking into account the necessary diversion.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “The works are all taking place overnight and so traffic volumes should be lower. However, drivers who are travelling in the area in the coming days should appreciate and understand the importance of keeping workers safe.”

M74 works

Traffic management announced for Luncarty to Pass of Birnam

Existing traffic management restrictions around the Luncarty Junction are to be extended as part of the ongoing A9 dualling programme.

The new traffic restrictions will come into effect from August 29th and are anticipated to remain in place until spring 2021.

Extended traffic management could mean delays

Northbound traffic on the A9 will be reduced to a single lane, with traffic guided to cross the central reservation as part of an extended contraflow. 

It will be in effect on the approach to Luncarty Junction as part of the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam A9 dualling works.

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “This marks the start of the second major phase of traffic management for the project to dual the A9 from Luncarty to Pass of Birnam.

“This essential traffic management will open up the site and allow our contractor to continue works on the construction of the new northbound carriageway at this location.”

Motorists are advised the traffic management system will be monitored around the clock, with drivers expected to face some delays when travelling in this area for the foreseeable future.

The extension of the traffic management area is integral to the safe delivery of tying the new section of northbound carriageway into the existing dual carriageway.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Motorists may face delays in the area during the coming months but, once completed, the project will deliver faster journeys and a major boost to the local economy in the years ahead.”

A90 Laurencekirk junction

Groundwork investigation getting underway at A90 Laurencekirk junction

An eight-week project to investigate ground conditions in the vicinity of the A90/A937 Laurencekirk junction will begin later this month.

Starting on May 20th, the investigation will focus on informing the design phase of planned improvements to the junction to limit future congestion.

Potential disruption for travellers

As part of the project, a number of traffic management schemes will be imposed. This includes alternate single file traffic sections on the adjoining A937 side road, as well as temporary traffic lights.

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “We apologise for any inconvenience these works will cause and would thank road users and local communities in advance for their patience during the works.”

Motorists in the area are advised to plan their journeys in advance and to leave additional time to reach their destination during the project period.

Live updates on traffic volumes in the area will be available via the Traffic Scotland website, Twitter feed or Traffic Scotland radio.

The contractor will be monitoring all traffic volumes and will be adjusting traffic management schemes to ensure delays are kept to a minimum.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Groundworks in the area will play a vital part in informing the future layout of the junction. It’s an essential step in delivering the best possible outcome for local businesses and the surrounding community.”


Communities benefit from updates on A9 dualling

Communities affected by the continuing upgrade of the A9 carriageway between Pass of Birnam and Tay Crossing will be able to attend several important events in the coming weeks.

Two community engagement events will be taking place at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre and will run from 11am to 9pm on Thursday and Friday, May 16th and 17th.

Why is it important to attend?

A range of routes for the new dualling of the A9 are being discussed at present, and details of each of the current options are being showcased at these drop-ins.

Members of the local community, as well as those affected by the changes to local transport infrastructure, will have a chance to find out more about the project so far and to air their opinions on each of the options.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I would encourage members of the local community, road users and anyone else with an interest in this scheme, to come along to one of the events in Birnam later this month to see the options being presented.

“We expect to identify a preferred option for this section of the route later this year.”

He added that this is a challenging part of the A9 dualling programme and therefore any input from local communities and interested parties will be welcomed by the design team.

Mr Matheson concluded the last round of events in March proved extremely enlightening and he has high hopes that these new events will prove similarly successful.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Upgrades to the A9 will provide welcome benefits to the local community, economy and businesses in the area in the coming years. All those affected by the project should not miss their opportunity to have their say on the current plans.”

Transport (Scotland) Bill

Transport (Scotland) Bill passes Stage 1 approval

Stage 1 approval for the new Transport (Scotland) Bill took place in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood earlier this month.

The new legislation paves the way for the introduction of cleaner, more sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure across the country in the years to come.

Focused on green development

Key to the legislation is a commitment to implement new schemes for the reduction of air pollution and the empowerment of local authorities to create consistent standards for transport.

The creation of a range of new low-emission zones (LEZs) in city centres up and down the country will help to reduce environmental pollution from transport in the coming years, the Scottish government claims.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, commented: “We have always been clear that LEZs have the potential to interact with a host of other transport issues, be that congestion, active travel, the improved feel of community space or the uptake of ultra-low-emission vehicles.”

Other measures set to be introduced in the Bill include further provision for smart ticketing, regional transport partnerships and the governance/regeneration of Scottish canals.

In addition, it examines provision for greater flexibility in bus services and the imposing of stricter controls on parking.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Ensuring a greener tomorrow is at the heart of the new legislation. Seeing it pass Stage 1 approval is therefore an extremely positive development for Scottish transport.”