M74 Completion

The M74 completion will provide the “missing link” in Glasgow’s transport system, easing congestion on key routes through the city centre and encouraging urban regeneration in the West of Scotland. 22 June 2011

The new route is expected to have a major impact on the city centre, improving travel times with better connections between the M77, the M8 and the M74 and increasing economic opportunities around the city.

Connecting the Clyde

The M74 links with the M8 at the Kingston Junction, just south of the Kinston Bridge, right in the heart of Clyde Waterfront territory. Although the majority of the 5 mile route lies beyond the Clyde Waterfront area, the new link is an important development for local transport infrastructure and is expected to  bring significant benefits to the surrounding areas.

Ahead of schedule and under budget

The M74 Completion scheme will open 8 months early is expected to be between £15 and £20 million under budget. Announcing the savings, Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment said robust management of the project by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government had delivered significant savings for the taxpayer.

Mr Neil also praised public and private sector partners such as contractor Interlink M74 on delivering the road substantially ahead of schedule. Mr Neil said: ""When it opens on 28 June, the new route will provide improved access to economic, employment and education opportunities for the people of Scotland. It will also bring enormous potential for further urban regeneration programmes in the west of Scotland, many of which are already in development."

The construction of the M74 completion was a joint venture between Morrison Construction, Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Sir Robert McAlpine, four of the country's leading civil engineering contractors.

Getting on the road

Visit Transport Scotland for detailed information about the new road, including a map and information about each of the new junctions. The new road is expected to remove considerable volume on traffic from the M8 in Glasgow, which is a known congestion hotspot.

Made from recycled material

Over 2.1 million tonnes of recycled material has been used in the construction of the M74 completion - making it one of Scotland's biggest ever uses of recycled materials in a modern day transport project. Three quarters of the 2.5 million tonnes of material required for construction was sourced from within 15 miles of the project, and also included thousands of tonnes of earth given a clean bill of health from a 'soil hospital'.

Over 80,000 trees have been planted along with 200,000 plants to create diverse wildlife habitats. 7 new ponds  will filter and clean water as it drains from the motorway.

New jobs predicted

THE new M74 motorway extension could be the catalyst for boosting the economy and creating 20,000 new jobs in the area. Already, negotiations are well advanced for a new business park in the Clyde Gateway regeneration area, which could lead to 700 new jobs.

Wide ranging benefits

The benefits of the project are laid out on the Transport Scotland website. They include helping to grow Scotland's economy and bringing new jobs along the route, reducing road accidents and improving the environment.

  • The M74 opened to cyclists and runners in advance of its launch
  • The M74 opened to cyclists and runners in advance of its launch
  • The M74 opened to cyclists and runners in advance of its launch