Final stages of M74 and M8 connection to be discussed by councillors

Glasgow councillors will be asked to release �250,000. Picture: HEMEDIA
Glasgow councillors will be asked to release �250,000. Picture: HEMEDIA
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Councillors have been asked to approve the final stages of a road in Glasgow connecting the M74 and M8 motorways.

Councillors have been asked to approve the final stages of a road in Glasgow connecting the M74 and M8 motorways.

The first two stages of the East End Regeneration Route are in place around Oatlands, Polmadie and Celtic Park.

The 1.4km four-lane final stage will take it north to connect with Provan Road, south of the M8/M80.

Glasgow councillors will be asked on Thursday to release £250,000 of funding towards pre-tender work. Work could then begin in 2018 and finish in 2021.

Details of the project are outlined in a report which will go before councillors on Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee. The reports states that a number of milestones – including compulsory land purchases – have already been completed.

It is argued that completion of the road will “assist both local economic growth and the creation of jobs”.

The report states that it will help future housing development, bring vacant land back into use, reduce traffic on surrounding roads and improve noise and air quality.

Cllr George Redmond, executive member for jobs, business and investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “The completion of this connection between the motorway routes will continue the ongoing regeneration of the east end.”