The AA route planner makes the journey about 1 hour and 8 minutes. The announcement claims a 20-minute cut or about 30% which to my mind seems a major reduction for that type of transport. The main aim of the project was to tackle congestion problems on a notorious seven-mile stretch of the M8 which Transport Scotland now claim will allow average speeds of just under 70mph even at peak time on that section. The gov.scot report makes two interesting claims:
- The journey time savings have been assessed as contributing more than £1bn to Scotland’s economy, improving the connections for businesses between Edinburgh and Glasgow and beyond.
- Improved road safety through the reduction of traffic on local roads, is set to result in a predicted reduction of more than 100 accidents per year, and accident savings of more than £118m over a 30-year period.
It’s a journey I only make now and then but it sounds good.