Following the 2011 completion of both the M80 Stepps tp Haggs motorway and the M74 Completion project, the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project will complete the Central Scotland motorway network.
The project will be procured and promoted by Transport Scotland with support from the Scottish Futures Trust. The start of the procurement process has been announced in December 2011, with the selection of bidders and the competitive dialogue and tendering continuing into 2013.
The project will be procured under the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing Model (NPD) Contract. The successful bidder will undertake a programme of major motorway construction and widening and other works, including the upgrade to motorway of the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse, improvements to the Raith Interchange on the M74 and improvements to other key sections of the M8, M73 and M74 (see links below). The successful bidder will also become responsible for the management operation and maintenance, (routine, winter and major maintenance works) of part of the core motorway network for a thirty year period. Map of the project.
Transport Scotland is committed to delivering the project in a safe and effective manner with due regard for local communities, the natural environment and road users.
Being able to co-ordinate the management of traffic flows across the significant geographic extent of the project will help minimise disruption during the construction works, bringing benefits to those who may be affected by these works.
Once construction is completed, the new motorway network will provide the full benefits of the project.
Due to the UK wide reduction in governments’ capital budget, which directly impacts on infrastructure funding, procuring the M8 M73 M74 project under the Non Profit Distributing model will help deliver economies of scale and efficiencies for the public purse for the construction, maintenance and operation of these key infrastructure improvements.