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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #61
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A77 (new flyovers) / A75 WS2+ 1 schemes

£36 million green light for road schemes

5 February 2013

A bumper package of investment worth £36.73million for south-west Scotland roads will hit the ground running when three major schemes get underway in the coming months.

Transport Scotland has announced today its intention to award the contracts for the A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvements, A75 Dunragit Bypass and the A75 Hardgrove Improvement schemes imminently.

Subject to the mandatory standstill period RJ McLeod (Contractor) Ltd will undertake the A77 scheme and A75 Dunragit Bypass, while work on the A75 Hardgrove scheme will be carried out by McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This significant investment in lifeline routes in south-west Scotland worth in total over £36 million, will be welcome news in local communities, and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving these essential roads.

“The A75 and A77 are of strategic importance as they link to one of Scotland’s key ports at Cairnryan, and our focus is to ensure that all of the economic benefits are felt. Making Scotland a more attractive option by ensuring strategic traffic like HGVs are better able to carry their goods to and from markets, and making travel to Scotland a more attractive option for leisure and tourism is central to why we are pressing ahead to improve connections on these routes.

“Once complete, the new road improvements will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety on the A75 and A77 while supporting local communities as they go about their business. I look forward to construction getting under way very soon so that road users can begin to feel the significant benefits the schemes will bring.”

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A77 Symington to Bogend Toll

The A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvement scheme, construction cost of £10.6m is designed to improve the safety of the A77 by removing conflicting vehicle movements to reduce the number and severity of accidents over a length of approximately 6km.
Subject to the mandatory standstill period Transport Scotland’s intention is to award the contract for Symington to contractor RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd.
The scheme involves the construction of grade separated junctions at Symington and Bogend Toll between Spittalhill Interchange and the roundabout at Dutch House, and the closure of the gaps in the central reservation for right turning vehicles.
The upgrade will benefit the local economy by providing for safer access to and from the A77, and takes cognisance of current planning strategies, potential development opportunities within the A77 corridor and the effects of any additional residential developments, planned adjacent to the scheme corridor.
Allows for the potential future upgrade to increase the speed limit from 50mph to 70mph on the A77 at this location.
Work is expected to start in the spring and completed summer 2014.

A75 Dunragit Bypass
The Dunragit Bypass with a construction cost of £17.13m, will improve journey times, operational performance and level of service on the A75, which forms part of the Euro-route for between Europe, Scotland and UK via the ferry terminals at Loch Ryan in Dumfries and GallowayImproves safety on the A75 by reducing driver frustration and the platooning of vehicles by increasing the number of guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions.
The safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians will be improved with a shared pedestrian/cycleway.
HGV traffic will be removed from the village which has a 40mph speed limit.
Subject to the mandatory standstill period Transport Scotland’s intention is to award the contract for the Dunragit Bypass to contractor RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd.
Work is expected to start in the spring and completed in 2014.

A75 Hardgrove
The A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount scheme with a construction cost of £9m will deliver a new 3.6km stretch providing overtaking facilities in both directions.
Upon completion, the scheme will benefit users by improving the performance and safety on the stretch of road, improve and increase the number of overtaking opportunities and cater better for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
Subject to the mandatory standstill period, Transport Scotland’s intention to is to award the contract to McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.
Work is expected to start in the spring and completed in 2014.
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Scotland is set for an "electric revolution" on the roads thanks to radical plans announced today. Proposals will see free installation of home charging points throughout Scotland, public charging outlets within at least every 50 miles on trunk roads and an integrated network joining up electric vehicles (EV) with public transport. This will help Scotland to remain at the forefront of climate action and meet its ambition of complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050 in part through the whole scale adoption of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles.
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Interesting, I won't hold my breath for employers to do the same in their own car parks though.

Just a shame I live in a mid terrace with parking on the other side of the road or it would be a serious proposition.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #66
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Tuesday 19 February 2013

Two firms left in running for £415m roads upgrade work

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A MAJOR roads upgrade which will take 18 minutes off the journey between Glasgow and Edinburgh has taken a vital step forward.

Nicola Sturgeon announced the progress in plan to upgrade the A8
Work is expected to begin later this year on the project, following an announcement by Transport Scotland that the number of firms bidding for the £415million contract has been whittled down to two.
The firms battling for the work have been named as Connect Roads and Scottish Roads Partnership.
This is the first roads infrastructure scheme to be procured as part of a £2.5billion Scottish Government plan.
The project will complete the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh by upgrading the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse, creating a full three-lane motorway.
It also includes work to improve Raith Interchange and the widening of key sections of the M8, M73 and M74.
When it opens in 2017, the new section of road will take up to 18 minutes off journeys at peak times, claims Transport Scotland.
It is also expected to directly support hundreds of jobs, as well as many more in the supply chain.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "On completion the M8, M73, M74 Motorway Improvements Project will boost the nation's economy by improving connections between the commercial centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond. Since the start of the year we have announced major progress on four trunk road construction projects.
"Today again we are taking another step in the delivery of a critical construction contract.
"Completing the M74 directly supported 900 construction jobs and we expect this project to be of a similar scale.
"On-the-job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities will be a key feature of this £415m project, with the successful contractor required to provide community benefits.
"This project will deliver lasting benefits."
Transport Scotland also intends to award a £3.1m groundworks contract to Forkers Ltd. The first of a series of advance works for the scheme, it is expected this work will be completed in the summer.
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Wondering how long it's going to take before A78 improvements will be on the table, especially with the present Hunterston development plan and the recent tragic events in Fairlie.
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Tuesday 19 February 2013

Two firms left in running for £415m roads upgrade work

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A MAJOR roads upgrade which will take 18 minutes off the journey between Glasgow and Edinburgh has taken a vital step forward.

Nicola Sturgeon announced the progress in plan to upgrade the A8
Work is expected to begin later this year on the project, following an announcement by Transport Scotland that the number of firms bidding for the £415million contract has been whittled down to two.
The firms battling for the work have been named as Connect Roads and Scottish Roads Partnership.
This is the first roads infrastructure scheme to be procured as part of a £2.5billion Scottish Government plan.
The project will complete the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh by upgrading the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse, creating a full three-lane motorway.
It also includes work to improve Raith Interchange and the widening of key sections of the M8, M73 and M74.
When it opens in 2017, the new section of road will take up to 18 minutes off journeys at peak times, claims Transport Scotland.
It is also expected to directly support hundreds of jobs, as well as many more in the supply chain.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "On completion the M8, M73, M74 Motorway Improvements Project will boost the nation's economy by improving connections between the commercial centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh and beyond. Since the start of the year we have announced major progress on four trunk road construction projects.
"Today again we are taking another step in the delivery of a critical construction contract.
"Completing the M74 directly supported 900 construction jobs and we expect this project to be of a similar scale.
"On-the-job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities will be a key feature of this £415m project, with the successful contractor required to provide community benefits.
"This project will deliver lasting benefits."
Transport Scotland also intends to award a £3.1m groundworks contract to Forkers Ltd. The first of a series of advance works for the scheme, it is expected this work will be completed in the summer.
"The project will complete the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh by upgrading the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse, creating a full three-lane motorway"

Plus part of it will be a 4 lane motorway and there will be a parallel dual carriageway along the full length of the scheme, so the current 2 lanes each way will become 4-6 lanes each way:-

Bailleston to Shawhead - 5 lanes
Shawhead to Eurocentral - 6 lanes
Eurocentral to Chapelhall - 5 lanes
Chapelhall to Newhouse - 4 lanes

And the new underpass at Raith will mean no more queuing when going from East Kilbride to the M8.

Should have been built long ago but finally its going to happen. Great stuff.
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£230M ROAD MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK


Two new contracts, worth a combined £230 million, that will ensure Scotland’s motorways and A class roads are efficiently managed, will take effect from Monday.

Transport Scotland’s 4th Generation (4G) contracts will see BEAR Scotland and Scotland Transerv undertake maintenance for north west and south west units respectively.

These contracts for the west, which run for five years with scope for extending for a further five years, will bring improvements to the delivery of trunk road maintenance in Scotland including enhanced winter maintenance and improved journey information.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Scotland’s motorway and A class roads are fundamental to the economic well-being of the nation. They connect cities and towns; commuters and workplaces; business and customers.

“That is why we must strive to provide well maintained roads network with reduced congestion and reliable journey times. These contracts are central to that vision by providing high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service.

“They also contribute to the economy in their own right by directly supporting around 500 operational and professional jobs and through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.

“Procurement is also now underway for the East contracts and we expect the contracts to start in April 2014.”

Brian Gordon, BEAR Scotland managing director, said: “We are looking forward to taking on responsibility for managing and maintaining the trunk roads in the North West of Scotland again. We are committed to delivering a high quality service and have the experienced team, supply chain infrastructure and plant in place and ready to go.”

Russell Rennie, contracts director with Scotland TranServ, said: "ScotlandTranServ are looking forward to continuing to provide the excellent service to the travelling public that they have been providing to the public on the North West contract. Our primary focus will be on safe journeys in all seasons, journey reliability and the safety of our workforce. We will be employing high calibre people and organisations, most of whom are located in the central belt. We will also continue to invest in the latest technology ensuring the network is well maintained and managed."

The contracts were awarded following a rigorous assessment and tendering process that sought best value for the public purse while ensuring high quality delivery.

Both Operating Companies will be responsible within their Unit for inspecting the trunk roads to ensure the routes remain safe and well maintained. General maintenance activities such as salting and snow clearing; grass cutting and weed control; gully cleaning and the repair of street lighting and traffic signals will also come under their remit.

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Multi-million pound A9 design contracts open to interest

19 April 2013

The civil engineering industry is to receive a boost through the opportunity to bid for three of the biggest Scottish Government funded design contracts ever offered.

Transport Scotland has today published the Prior Information Notice for the design work on the A9 dualling project, signalling the start of procurement.

Three separate large contracts, each with a value of £40 - £60 million, are on offer - a clear indication of the scale of the A9 dualling. These contracts will cover the A9 between Perth and Inverness, with the actual area covered by each contract to be determined during the procurement process.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This £3 billion complex and challenging programme will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history. The sheer scale, 80 miles of dual carriageway, makes it good business and value for money to split this design work into three large sections.

"The start of procurement for the detailed design work is a clear indication of our commitment to this project. These contracts will provide steady work for the next 12 years for the three successful bidders – providing much needed certainty and helping to secure jobs. In addition, these commissions are likely to offer many opportunities for small and medium enterprises through sub-consultancy work.

“I am confident that there will be a lot of interest in this project and look forward to seeing that evidenced when the OJEU for the three design contracts issues this Summer.

"During design and then construction, this project will deliver hundreds of jobs, directly and indirectly.

“When completed the fully dualled route will bring many benefits to road users, communities and businesses who live along or use this important route between central Scotland and the Highlands and Islands including improved journey times and journey time reliability and improved road safety.”

Transport Scotland will engage with the consulting engineering industry, ahead of issuing the OJEU notice in the Summer, seeking expressions of interest from companies wishing to tender.

In a further boost to the industry, tenders are also being sought for aerial topographical surveys as part of the A9 and A96 dualling programmes.

The contract, advertised today by Transport Scotland will help support the corridor wide preliminary design work on the A9 that is underway. At the same time aerial surveys will be carried out on the A96, where work is not as far advanced, to help inform the preliminary engineering services work that will shortly start on the route.

Commenting on the contract for aerial surveys, Mr Brown said:

“There is a great amount of work now going on to take forward this Government’s commitment to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025.

“This aerial survey work will build on the engineering and environmental work well underway and the ground investigation work currently going on along the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section of the route.

“Along with our plans to dual the A9, we are also committed to dual the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen by 2030. Although this work is not as far advanced, this topographical work will complement the preliminary engineering work that is to get underway shortly as we start to develop our plans to dual this vital route which links Scotland’s two northernmost cities.

“Dualling the A96 is a significant undertaking which will require careful, in-depth planning and design to ensure that we deliver the right scheme to help tackle congestion and provide better journey time reliability and road safety for motorists. The outline strategy for dualling the A96 is expected to be completed shortly and further details of how the dualling will be taken forward will be announced at that time.”

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Dualling 80 miles of the A9 - mostly online - is apparently going to cost £3 billion. So dualling a similar distance of the A96 - mostly on a new alignment - is going to cost....well no-one knows yet, it's probably safe to assume that it'll be considerably more than £3 billion though.

Much as a I sympathise with the residents of Elgin, Forres etc who must spend large amounts of their time stuck behind tractors and caravans, I just can't see how the A96 can justify that level of expenditure giventhe relatively small population that it serves.
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It's quite amazing with the recent M77/M74/M80 completions;and plans to dual the whole A9, the A96, fill the M8-gap; yet there is still a gap of single carriageway on the A1 between Edinburgh and the Border with no plans for completion.
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A1? At least it's capable of handling the traffic thrown at it, take a trip along the A78 if you want a laugh; 6 lane motorway in all but name past Irvine fizzling down to a gap barely capable of allowing two lorries to pass through side by side in Fairlie and continuing in much the same way with the added fun of a twisting coast hugging rollercoaster at the mercy of any high tides you throw at it.

And this is a trunk road for the clyde coast.
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A1? At least it's capable of handling the traffic thrown at it, take a trip along the A78 if you want a laugh; 6 lane motorway in all but name past Irvine fizzling down to a gap barely capable of allowing two lorries to pass through side by side in Fairlie and continuing in much the same way with the added fun of a twisting coast hugging rollercoaster at the mercy of any high tides you throw at it.

And this is a trunk road for the clyde coast.
The Ardrossan, Stevenston & Saltcoats Bypass has made a big difference but there are still too many sub standard sections and Largs could do with a bypass. I suspect it'll be a while before it gets another share of the investment pot.
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Minister kicks off work on £36m road improvements in South Scotland

25 April 2013

Transport Minister Keith Brown visited Ayrshire today to mark the start of work on three major road schemes in the South of Scotland that will bring significant benefits for drivers and residents alike.

The Minister’s visit sees construction get underway on the A77 Symington and Bogend Toll Improvements in South Ayrshire, as well as two other schemes – A75 Dunragit Bypass and A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount in Dumfries & Galloway.

Mr Brown said:

“This Scottish Government is absolutely committed to investing in our transport infrastructure to ensure we make Scotland an attractive place to work and do business, as well as making it an attractive destination for tourists.

“These three projects combined represent a bumper package of investment worth £36.7 million. On completion, the new road improvements will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety on the A75 and A77.

“These will bring real improvements on key routes to and from our the Cairnryan ports, as well as providing better connections across South West Scotland.”

R J McLeod is the contractor for the A77 Symington and A75 Dunragit schemes, while the A75 Hardgrove works will be delivered by McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd. All three schemes will be completed in 2014.

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A77 Symington and Bogend Toll

The A77 Symington and Bogend Toll scheme has a construction cost of £10.6m.
It will improve safety on the A77 by closing central reservations between Spittalhill Interchange and Dutch House roundabout and providing two grade separated junctions.
New road bridges will be built over the A77 at Symington and Bogend Toll between Spittalhill Interchange and Dutch House roundabout
This is expected to reduce the number and severity of accidents
The upgrade will benefit the local economy by providing for safer access to and from the A77
The scheme takes consideration of current planning strategies including potential development opportunities and housing developments along the A77
The work allows potential future upgrades that will enable the speed limit to increase from 50mph to 70mph at this location.
A75 Dunragit Bypass

The Dunragit Bypass has a construction cost of £17.13 million
The scheme will improve journey times and journey time reliability on the A75, which forms part of the Euro-route between Europe, Scotland and UK via the ferry terminals at Loch Ryan in Dumfries and Galloway.
It will provide 5.3km of new carriageway improving safety by increasing the number of guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions, reducing driver frustration and the vehicle platooning.
Safety will also improve for cyclists and pedestrians with a new shared pedestrian/cycleway.
HGV traffic will be removed from the village, improving safety and air quality for residents
A75 Hardgrove

The A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount scheme has a construction cost of £9m.
It will deliver 3.6km of new road with overtaking facilities in both directions. On completion, the scheme will benefit users by improving the journey time reliability and safety on this stretch of road, improve and increase the number of overtaking opportunities and cater better for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
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Flythrough video of proposed Inverness West Link:

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Wonder who makes those videos?

There's another one from a driver's pov.



Sort of can't wait to see the Perth "Cross Tay Link Road" video when they finally get it made.
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M8 Completion - Advance Works now underway

After what seems like a lifetime, there are signs of work starting on the M8 completion.

What looks like a central compound is being built at the Shawhead A8 junction, and its a sizeable bit of work in itself.

I suppose that once construction starts on the road itself, Shawhead will represent one of the trickiest sections given the volume of traffic using the existing roads.
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After what seems like a lifetime, there are signs of work starting on the M8 completion.

What looks like a central compound is being built at the Shawhead A8 junction, and its a sizeable bit of work in itself.

I suppose that once construction starts on the road itself, Shawhead will represent one of the trickiest sections given the volume of traffic using the existing roads.
They've started grouting works at Shawhead. Other advance works will take place over the coming months including a major gas mains diversion.
The winning consortium for the main works should be chosen late summer with construction due to start end of the year.

Map showing where widening/improvements will take place (no widening of M73 Bailleston to Mollinsburn):


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