A8 upgrade is approved

WORK to upgrade the A8 to motorway status has been given the go-ahead.

Finance Secretary John Swinney approved the completion of the project to turn the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse stretch into the M8 following the findings of a public inquiry.

Mr Swinney said: "The M8 is a key section of Scotland's strategic road network, linking Scotland's two biggest cities and connecting businesses and communities.

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"I agree with the Reporter's recommendation to proceed with the long-awaited upgrade."