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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-09219: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what preventative measures it put in place to reduce congestion on the A725 Shawhead flyover/Bellshill bypass, particularly during rush hours.

Answered by: Keith Brown 30 May 2017

The newly improved lanes as part of the new A725 Shawhead junction are due to open in the coming weeks and are anticipated to reduce journey times through the junction by 15 minutes. These final works to allow opening are only now possible following the early opening of the new M8 motorway, reducing traffic flows through the Shawhead Interchange.

When implementing traffic management restrictions, the contractor is required to balance the impact on drivers and the safety needs of those carrying out the improvement works. To assist in this process all traffic management schemes on the project are designed and coordinated with input from consultees including Police Scotland and the local authorities. This process provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to review the proposed traffic management design and identify further mitigation measures to reduce the impact on road users. Following implementation, all traffic management schemes are reviewed on an ongoing basis to see what improvements can be made.

As we enter the final stages of the project, it is necessary to connect the new infrastructure with the existing road network which requires extensive traffic management to be undertaken safely. Transport Scotland will continue to inform road users of any restrictions by various methods including radio, fixed and variable message signs as well as Transport Scotland website as appropriate.