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Shawhead Flyover

– in the Scottish Parliament on 21st November 2018.

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Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to clear the land near the Shawhead flyover of building materials, barriers and fences from the M8, M73 and M74 motorway improvements. (S5O-02580)

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

The area on the south side of the A8 at Shawhead junction is a compound for storing construction material for the M8, M73 and M74 motorway improvements project. Scottish Roads Partnership, the contractor for the project, has advised that the materials are likely to be stored at that location until finishing and snagging works are completed, which is expected to be in the coming months.

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

I will be interested to know which coming months, because it is getting to be a bit of an eyesore. I welcome the work that was done, but there is still a lot of clean-up to be done. When will the site be cleared and finally restored to the state that it was in prior to the works, as the current situation is totally unacceptable?

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

The finishing works, as the contractor has stated, will be completed in the coming months, over the winter period, and the site will be cleared and restored to its original condition.

Photo of Fulton MacGregor Fulton MacGregor Scottish National Party

The junction at Shawhead and Kirkshaws has seen a number of accidents since the update was completed. Most recently, there was a very serious accident at the weekend that police have confirmed resulted in no blame being attached to either driver.

The police and the local community have continually raised concerns about the junction. I have visited the site with Transport Scotland and I have had constructive discussions but the changes that have been made as a result have not improved safety. Will the cabinet secretary agree to take up the situation directly with Transport Scotland to get this dangerous junction sorted as quickly as possible?

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

I am aware that Mr MacGregor has been pursuing this matter on behalf of his constituents for some time. Scottish Roads Partnership—the contractor for the project—undertook further works at the

Shawhead-Kirkshaws road junction at the end of October. I am disappointed to hear of the concerns that the member still has about the junction.

We are awaiting further details on the accident in order to investigate it fully. However, I understand that the accident to which Fulton MacGregor referred happened on the approach to the north road junction, not at the Hagmill-Kirkshaws road junction. The contractors have confirmed that the junction is operating as designed and it has no plans to carry out further work at the junction in the short term, although that will continue to be monitored.

Scottish Roads Partnership has confirmed that the junction has been completed in accordance with the relevant standards. Transport Scotland is organising an independent review to be undertaken at the junction to understand whether further work can be done. I will ensure that the member is invited to attend the site when the review takes place, and I will write to him to give him the outcomes of the review when it is completed.