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Sian Traynor

Edinburgh M8 drivers warned as major slip road to close for five months

M8 drivers have been warned that a major slip road will be closed for five months next year to allow for a huge refurbishment.

BEAR Scotland issued a notice this week that work will begin on the bridge in February, 2023, that carries the eastbound slip off the motorway at Junction 3 near Livingston.

Running over the A899, the works are planned to start in the early New Year, with a completion date estimated for sometime in the summer.

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First built in the 1970s, the bridge will see a £1.3million upgrade to ensure its safety, with the slip road to be closed until its completion, and a full diversion in its place.

Clearly signed diversion routes will maintain access to Livingston from the M8 coming from the west and underline that the town is very much open for business.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s South East Unit Bridges Manager, said: “An estimated 50,000 vehicles use the road each week. Reliance on this slip road has grown as Livingston’s popularity as a commuter town between Edinburgh and Glasgow has increased along with its reputation as a shopping destination. This project is about ensuring it continues to serve the community reliably for years to come.

“These improvements will reduce the need for future refurbishment and associated disruption on this scale again. It is essential for the safety of motorists and workers that the slip road is closed for much of the works programme. The relatively straightforward diversion route will be clearly signposted to ease the flow of traffic and ensure ongoing access to this important community hub.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these important improvements.”


Eastbound traffic heading to Livingston will be directed to leave the M8 at Junction 3A, the junction prior to where the works are taking place. The diversion will follow Carnegie Road, Deans Road and the A89 east to join the A899 Livingston Road at Dechmont Roundabout.

This will add less than one mile and typically less than five minutes to journey time – though longer delays can be expected during peak times. Westbound M8 motorway traffic will remain unaffected.

Two-way traffic on the local A899 will be maintained when possible, however overnight closures will be required for the safety of road users during the erection and dismantling of scaffolding on the structure overhead near the start and end of the improvement programme. The scaffold erections stage is expected to take place during February. Timings will be confirmed in due course.


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