New underpass set to open at Raith interchange

DSC_3824The new Raith Underpass at Junction 5 of the M74 has been officially opened following a complex and challenging three-year construction programme.

Set to dramatically improve the heavily congested junction near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire, the new A725 underpass, which runs below the M74 motorway, will open to traffic for the first time in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Officially opening the new underpass, Keith Brown, the cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, said: “The opening of the new underpass at Raith is a major and significant milestone in this massive transport infrastructure project.

“The Scottish Government is investing almost half a billion pounds to improve Central Scotland’s road network. This investment will make a tangible difference to road users, alleviating the traffic congestion that has been a historic problem at Raith, and improving journey times through the junction by up to 15 minutes.

“The new underpass, and the strategic road network to which it links, will be a considerable benefit to commuters and businesses right across Scotland.”

A video highlighting the benefits of the Raith interchange underpass and featuring an interview with economy secretary Keith Brown

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