Scottish Government’s £500 million investment in the M8 significantly cuts journey time between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

https://news.gov.scot/news/m8-journeys-cut-by-20-minutes

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4 thoughts on “Scottish Government’s £500 million investment in the M8 significantly cuts journey time between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

  1. Gordoz August 14, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Was on the revised road yesterday – what an improvement !, (indeed look at infrastructure improvements by ScotGov), and BBC not really that interested in reporting, perhaps cause the record is the opposite of bad.

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  2. Contrary August 14, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    I’m not a regular traveller on that improved section of the M8, but have been on it, and what an improvement! I mean, they even . have . signs . telling you which lane you need to be in! Visible signs, not ones that jump out at you just before the junction. And the Tarmac was smooooooth, (you notice this in an old car with particularly hard suspension),,, I thought I’d been transported into the future. Dunno what it’s actually like for the regular traveller though.

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