18th August 2017

The M8, M73 and M74 improvements were officially opened by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Monday 14 August at Maxim Park with Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and other officials in attendance.

The Scottish Government invested £500m in improving the local infrastructure which has filled the ‘missing link’ between Glasgow and Edinburgh on the M8.

Commuting times have been drastically cut with businesses and commuters benefiting from a 20 minute cut to their journey time.

The improvements took a total of three years with 55km of road extensions being laid.

Commenting at the official opening, local MP Marion Fellows said:

“The SNP Scottish Government is showing Scotland the road ahead. This latest improvement will benefit local drivers hugely and also bolster the local economy.

“The £500m investment has massively improved traveling between Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh making it the second largest business network outside of London. The long term benefits to the local and surrounding areas will be huge.

“From the Queensferry Crossing, abolishing bridge tolls, one of the best train services in the UK, expanding railways in the Borders, and now this major development, the SNP is delivering on transport for all of Scotland.”