A phased opening of a new seven mile section of the new M8 motorway between Newhouse and Baillieston is to start on 23 April 2017, five days ahead of schedule. The Scottish Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, said the landmark opening will complete the so-called ‘missing link’ between Glasgow and Edinburgh and make the M8 an uninterrupted motorway for the first time. The westbound carriageway of the new M8 will open to traffic on 23 April, followed by the eastbound carriageway on
Keith Brown said, ‘The new M8 will be a major milestone in what is a massive transport infrastructure project and I’m pleased to say the phased opening will start five days ahead of schedule. We are now close to seeing the culmination of three years of construction works and half a billion pounds worth of investment to improve this vital link between Scotland’s biggest cities. This investment will make a tangible difference to our economy, improving business links and connectivity, as well as reducing journey times for road users who rely on this route for part of their daily commutes.’
This announcement follows the opening of a new slip road to the A90 southbound at Stonehaven.