M74 J5 Improvement

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Scheme details

2014 - 2017
Under construction
Junction improvement with some parts under motorway restrictions
£ 56-61m
Transport Scotland
Region: Scotland
Scottish Executive

Reconstruction of the existing interchange at M74 J5, which at present is a simple grade-separated roundabout. A new underpass 625 metres (683 yards) in length will allow the A725 to bypass the roundabout, with existing approaches to the roundabout becoming links from the new dual carriageway. The A725 will be realigned over a total length of 1.8 Km (1.1 miles).

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14 March 2006 Draft orders have been published, marking the beginning of the legal process. Comments from the public have been invited.
26 May 2010 Although the relevant planning stages for this project are complete, the start of the statutory process has been delayed pending the results of the public enquiry into the M8 Baillieston to Newhouse Scheme. Ministers are considering the benefits of combining these two schemes together with other M8/M73/M74 network improvement schemes into a single contract, to be funded by a 'non-profit-distributing' model. The statutory process is expected to conclude in Autumn 2010, at which point the procurement options will be considered.
15 January 2011 Road orders were raised on the 11th of January. A timescale for the scheme has yet to be confirmed.
22 December 2011 The Scottish Government confirm that they will seek invitations to tender and expect construction to commence late 2013, with an expected completion date of 2017.
30 March 2012 The procurement process starts today.
19 October 2014 Work has started to the side of the roundabout.
17 November 2016 The roundabout is now in its final alignment, the underpass has started to be finished off and footbridges now being moved into place. Resurfacing is being done in patches but there are noticeable changes each week now.
18 February 2017 The underpass underneath the M74 opened on 16th February, meaning the A725 now has uninhibited flow from East Kilbride to the A8.

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Transport Scotland: Raith Junction improvement works

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With thanks to Allan McPhail, Mark Young, Andrew, David Turner, Michael Pritchard and David Meldrum for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 20 February 2017.