Major weekend Traffic Management to be implemented on M9/M9 Spur in October

27 September 2012
major traffic management scheme will be in operation over six weekends on the M9 and M9 spur
  • Motorists urged to use alternative routes if possible
  • Allow extra time to reach special events or flights from Edinburgh Airport

From 5 October a major traffic management scheme will be in operation over six weekends on the M9 and M9 spur.  These works are part of the £25 million upgrade and improvement of M9 Junction 1a, which is being delivered as part of the wider Forth Replacement Crossing project.

It will be necessary to implement significant restrictions on the M9 and M9 Spur in the area of M9 Junction 1a from 8pm on Friday evenings to 6am on Monday mornings over the weekends from 5 October to 12 November inclusive.  Motorists are strongly advised to avoid this area and use alternative routes during these periods.

There will also be limited night time traffic management at times during the week between 8pm and 6am, commencing 1 October, but this is not expected to result in significant disruption.

The works have been planned and scheduled to minimise disruption to road users on these routes as well as the impact on local communities.  However, it is likely that there will be significant unavoidable delays over these affected weekends with diversions in place. 

Restrictions will include contraflows reducing the carriageway to one lane in each direction on the M9 and the closure of the southbound M9 Spur on the weekend of 5-8 October.  All these activities are subject to weather but advance notifications and clearly signed diversions will be in place.

It is possible these works could result in delays of up to one hour at peak demand and an average delay of 30 minutes can be expected in this area as a result of the lane closures and diversions in place. 

Motorists are therefore strongly advised to avoid the area over the affected weekends if possible by using alternative routes or not travelling if their journey is not essential.  Where use of the M9 and M9 Spur is unavoidable, travelers are urged to allow significant additional time to complete their journey, particularly if taking flights from Edinburgh Airport or attending events.

These works are essential for the upgrade of M9 Junction 1a and the Forth Replacement Crossing and, once complete, will provide a superior road surface, improved westbound connections with the M9 and more reliable journey times on these routes. 

Steven Brown, Roads and Infrastructure Manager for Transport Scotland’s FRC Employers Delivery Team, said:

“This traffic management on the M9 and M9 Spur is essential to allow the safe and effective delivery of specialised surfacing works, which are absolutely necessary to ensure the Forth Replacement Crossing project remains on schedule. 

“We have worked with SRB, the contractors delivering the M9 Junction 1a contract, to bring the number of affected weekends down from ten to six, avoid major events and take advantage of potentially quieter periods of road use during the half term school holidays.

“Our message is simple – please avoid using this route if at all possible over these weekends in October and November.  If this is unavoidable then please leave plenty of additional time to make your journey – particularly if travelling to Edinburgh Airport.”

The traffic management works detailed above are weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled in the event of poor conditions.  Further details on the timings of these works will be publicised nearer to their scheduled commencement.

All scheduled traffic management on the FRC project is planned and coordinated through a regularly convened Traffic Management Working Group, chaired by Transport Scotland and attended by FRC Contractors, Forth Estuary Transport Authority, emergency services and relevant local authorities. 

This working group reviews all proposed traffic management proposals on the project to help minimise disruption to the travelling public and where possible avoid conflicts with major events or works planned elsewhere on the road network.

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