THE £500 million M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project has been officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The scheme, which has been tipped to reduce journey times by up to 20 minutes and contribute more than £1 billion to Scotland’s economy, includes the new seven mile stretch of the M8.

Transport Scotland said the project aims to tackle congestion in central Scotland and is the first part of a £1.7 billion investment in the nation’s roads network.

More than 8000 workers have been involved in the construction period.

Speaking at the Maxim Business Park at Eurocentral, Nicola Sturgeon said, “This new length of motorway has completed the M8 link between Glasgow and Edinburgh and Scotland’s previously most congested junction. The M8 is a vital link in the central belt and this newly completed section will help connect people to business, leisure and education opportunities and also creates a better environment for companies to do business.

“Businesses are already reporting a journey time saving of up to 20 minutes travel between Scotland’s biggest cities and a similar saving for those using Raith junction. These improvements and additional road capacity will ensure our economy has room to grow.”

Source: Project Scotland

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