Swinney inspects M74 extension

Finance Secretary John Swinney has travelled along the new M74 extension to cast an eye over final preparations ahead of its opening later this year.

He visited the site of the motorway link at the Fullarton Road junction and the M8 motorway west of the Kingston Bridge, on the south side of Glasgow city centre.

The project, which has been worked on by more than 900 people and required over half a million tonnes of recycled materials, is now edging closer towards completion.

But Mr Swinney has made it clear that there is still a lot of work left to do and said there will be no let-off as workers spend the next few months making sure it is ready to be opened by the summer.

He said: "The fact that the structures along the length of this complex scheme are now joined up is testament to the whole project team's excellent stewardship of a scheme that has involved many challenging civil engineering operations.

"The new route will provide improved access to economic, employment and education opportunities for the people of Scotland.

"It will also bring enormous potential for further urban regeneration programmes in the west of Scotland, many of which are already in development."

The new road is due to open in June, almost nine months ahead of schedule.

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