June 2, 2021

  • Two overnight road closures beginning Thursday 3 June 2021

Motorists using the M8 eastbound at Polkemmet are set to benefit from an improved road surface, with Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland planning to renew approximately 0.35 kilometers of the trunk road over two nights, beginning on Thursday 3 June 2021.

For the safety of workers and road users, the M8 will be closed in the eastbound direction between Junction 5 and Junction 4A from 20:30 until 06:00 on the nights of 3 and 4 June 2021.

During these closures, a diversion route for eastbound traffic will be signposted from M8 Junction 5 via the B7066, rejoining the M8 at Junction 4A. This diversion will add an estimated 5 minutes and 0.3 miles to affected journeys. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Strict physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, are in place to protect teams and ensure they remain safe on site.

Consultation has been carried out with emergency services and relevant stakeholders to share information about the project in advance.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements will significantly improve safety and ride quality for motorists on this section of the M8.

“Eastbound carriageway closures are essential for safety, however we’ve planned the works to take place overnight to minimise disruption.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience and encourage them to plan ahead by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information.”