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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08786: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to improve travel times on the M8, which was recently named the seventh slowest UK motorway.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 2 May 2017

The Satrak report, to which you refer, is not representative of normal conditions on the M8. It presents findings from a small sample size, for a time period over which a 50mph speed limit was implemented on substantial sections of the M8 and M73 to allow essential investment in safely upgrading that part of the network.

This £500million investment in a key part of the strategic trunk road network will lead to an improvement in journey times of up to 18 minutes at peak times for vehicles using the busiest sections of the M8 each day and reduce journeys through the Raith junction on the M74 by 15 minutes. The M8 is already open to traffic and as other sections of the project become available, they too will open in the coming weeks.