Cash boost for M8 repairs

FUNDING of £5 million has been earmarked for upgrading the worst stretches of Scotland’s roads.

The Scottish government will dedicate the cash to replacing worn-out stretches of motorway and A roads, including stretch of the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The M80 near Glasgow also makes the list, ensuring that commuters driving to and from the city benefit.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “Our strategic road network plays a vitally important role in supporting our key economic drivers – tourism, food and drink and the renewables industry.

“We have already committed £655m to maintaining and improving roads in 2012-13 – this additional £5m will be used to replace around 30 kilometres of worn-out road surfacing across all four trunk road regions.

“These shovel-ready schemes will be delivered in early 2013”.