M74 Glasgow - Carmyle

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Scheme Outline

Construction of new six lane motorway on elevated viaduct through the south-eastern districts of Glasgow to extend the M74 from its temporary northern terminus to meet the M8.

Project statistics

New road under motorway restrictions
Under construction
Transport Scotland
Scottish Executive/DBFO
9.5 Km (5 miles)


August 2002
Scheme added to 'Futures' section.
May 2003
Compulsory purchase orders and planning notices are visible in Rutherglen and surrounding districts. Craig Reilly notes that local feeling is that this project is, despite political dithering, "full steam ahead" and is unlikely to stop now.
September 2004
The European Court of Justice has ruled that much of the land along the route is to be classed as 'hazardous' due to old underground chromium dumps, which is set to make the whole project much more expensive.
March 2005
The Scottish Executive approves the scheme to start, despite the scheme's public enquiry ruling against it.
May 2005
Protesters announce their intention to lodge an appeal against the Scottish Executive, after its decision to proceed with the road.
June 2005
The start of construction could now be delayed up to a year due to legal challenges against the project.
June 2006
Environmental groups have now dropped their challenge to the scheme on legal advice. The scheme is now free to continue.
March 2008
The scheme has been given the final go-ahead from Ministers, with the project awarded to the sole bidder, Interlink M74. Campaigners opposed to the scheme claim this is in breach of competition rules. Construction work is now due to begin in May 2008. The cost of the scheme is now £445m - up from the original £250m in 2002.
May 2008
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, broke the ground at the official start of work on 28 May.

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With thanks to Richard Burns-Allan, Adam Meara, Anna, Gerry McKenna, Rob Fairhead, Hamish Scott and Craig Reilly for information on this page. This scheme was last updated on 21/10/2008.