Eastbound route finished
Edinburgh-Glasgow motorway link opens
The missing link in the M8 has opened to traffic on both carriageways, providing a continual stretch of motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time.
Completing the seven mile long route is a key part of a £500million motorway improvements programme, affecting the M8, M74 and M73.
Transport Scotland estimates that the new road layout could cut travel time by 20 minutes each way.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “Now the M8 is fully open, commuters between Glasgow and Edinburgh should experience a significant improvement to their journeys between Newhouse and Baillieston Interchange.
“This has significantly reduced the traffic volume on the A8 so that the contractor can focus on completing upgrades to the existing A8 and linking it to the new all-purpose road, which is a continuation of the A8 at Eurocentral. “
The completion of the missing link means drivers no longer need to use the old A8 between Newhouse and Baillieston.
Some further work is ongoing at Coatbridge, Airdrie, Bargeddie and Bellshill and temporary speed limits will remain in force at various locations to allow remaining works to be completed safely.
Graeme Reid, project manager with Transport Scotland, said: “This is a huge milestone in the project.
“It has been ongoing for three years and this is a huge section of brand new motorway open in both directions between Edinburgh and Glasgow for the first time.
“Drivers have been patient during that time and we thank them for that. The end is very much in sight and drivers will experience the benefits during the week.”