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Council Thanks Drivers For M8 Roadworks Patience


Renfrewshire Council would like to thank drivers for their patience in dealing with the congestion caused on the area’s roads by the recent lane closures on the M8.

Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport agency, has now finished its work on the motorway at the White Cart Viaduct, one week ahead of schedule, with all restrictions on the road lifted as of yesterday(Monday 30 April).

The essential bridge-strengthening work had been ongoing since March, and resulted in drivers spreading out from the M8 on to surrounding roads, particularly those in Renfrew and Paisley town centres, causing peak-time congestion.

While the Scottish Government is responsible for motorways and trunk roads, such as the M8 and A737, the council looks after all other local routes in the area.

A council spokesperson said: “We understand the past few weeks have been frustrating for Renfrewshire road-users, but want people to be aware we have been working very hard to minimise the disruption as best we could.

“Staff worked extra hours to monitor traffic flow and adjust town-centre traffic lights, many of which are connected to a computer-controlled system. We have also had workers out at other junctions to manually change traffic signals.

“But the truth is the sheer volume of traffic spilling on to the area’s roads from the M8 at peak times was very difficult for the road system to handle.

“Thousands of vehicles were being displaced from the M8 each day, and this placed severe limits on what we could do to contain the congestion.

“We are pleased our colleagues at Transport Scotland were able to finish their work ahead of schedule, and would like to take this opportunity to thank local drivers for their patience over the past few weeks.”

The stretch of the M8 next to Glasgow Airport is one of the busiest bits of road in Scotland, with each lane on the White Cart Viaduct taking an average of more than 90,000 vehicles per day.

The work to strengthen the White Cart Viaduct is the third stage of a £30million programme by Transport Scotland to make essential strengthening works to the 44-year-old bridge. It started in March and had been due to last for ten weeks.