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Major roadworks near the airport from Sunday


Passengers heading to and from Glasgow Airport face motorway chaos until early December due to major improvements to the M8. Highways bosses have delayed the start of work until 24 hours after Scotland's Euro 2008 football qualifier with Ukraine at Hampden on Saturday, but this will be little joy for the passengers stick in the jams over the next two months.

Lane closures and speed restrictions are expected to lead to long traffic jams during peak times when the work - between the off and on slip roads at Junction 29, the St James Interchange - begins. The restrictions are being introduced to install 10ft high protection blocks around the base of the interchange's columns. The blocks are designed to absorb the impact of a vehicle strike and reduce the need for repairs. Their shape will allow for maintenance without serious disruption to traffic.

The 7 week programme begins on Sunday night and will continue until December 2. In the first phase, which will take 4 weeks, 2 lanes will be maintained in both directions with hard shoulder closures. In phase 2, eastbound traffic will be reduced to 1 lane with traffic travelling on the hard shoulder. Westbound traffic will continue on 2 lanes. A speed restriction of 40 mph will be force throughout.

Bruce Donaldson, of Amey, said there could be major jams during the work. He added: 'This is a main route to Glasgow from Inverclyde and Argyll and it is, therefore, essential that passengers are aware in advance of the possibility of disruption.' An airport spokesman added: 'We ask passengers allow extra time for journeys while these works are being carried out.'

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