Transport Scotland has upgraded this vital part of the west of Scotland's trunk road network to motorway standard.
The new 18 kilometres of motorway, completed in August 2011, ties in with the existing M80 at Junction 2 (Robroyston) and north of Haggs. The Scheme includes the new Moodiesburn Bypass, bypassing the communities of Muirhead, Chryston and Moodiesburn, and links with the previously upgraded Auchenkilns Junction.
This project is a further example of the massive infrastructure investment made in Scotland's transport network, which also includes the Forth Replacement Crossing, the M74 Completion project (opened to traffic in June 2011), the new rail link between Airdrie and Bathgate (opened in December 2010), the major improvements to the railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow and further improvements to the central Scotland motorway network.
The M80 Stepps to Haggs project is providing many benefits and aligns with the Scottish Government's five strategic objectives.
Welcoming the completion of the new road, Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“Completing the motorway network between Glasgow and Stirling is bringing real benefits to the communities and businesses across the central belt and to the rest of Scotland with its links to the M74 and the wider road network.
“The new road is also reducing congestion, improving reliability and providing a healthier environment by reducing vehicle emissions.
“Drivers are already benefitting from the opening of the M74 Completion. The completion of this important trunk road in central Scotland on time and on budget once again provides evidence of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver major infrastructure projects and to work with contractors to ensure best value for the public purse.”