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M8/ A8 Baillieston Interchange: chaos is a-comin' tonight for next 10 weeks

Discussion in 'off topic' started by windhoek, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    A major 10 week diversion of all M8/A8 traffic (east and westbound) is needed on all approaches to Baillieston Interchange to connect the newly-built M8 motorway with the existing network. The diversion via the newly-aligned A8 will start from 8pm on Friday 17 February 2017 - that's tonight!

    Delays are expected on all diversion routes for the duration of the works. Road users are advised to:

    - Plan ahead
    - Avoid Baillieston interchange
    - Use alternative routes and modes of transport if possible

    The diversions around the interchange won't be too bad if you're driving at 4am, but for everyone else, it's gonna be chaos!!!

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    Click >>> here <<< to see the diversion routes at Transport Scotland for all approaches to the interchange.

    Scroll down to bury your head in the sand and hope for the best.
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  2. Adam D

    Adam D Where's the bear?

    If you squint your eyes it looks like the London Underground map!

    A place to avoid for sure.
     
  3. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    I'm heading out to Coatbridge tonight for curry with friends, but I'll be leaving at 7.45pm sharp to get back before the diversions begin.
     
  4. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    The BBC even have a page about it: link
     
  5. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I hate to think how bad it's going to be at rush hour.
     
  6. russel

    russel ./_dazed_and_confused

    I am in Sweden and don't have a car, this is one bad ass roadworks if it can cause trouble out here.
     
  7. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

    Thanks for that Derek, I'm going to Edinburgh on Sunday and will now train it.
     
  8. happychappy

    happychappy Happy Member

    It could be a hell of a lot worse!

    Transport For London could be in charge.....
     
  9. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    No worries D ;)

    When I was coming back from Coatbridge tonight - I got to the interchange at 7.50 so got through just before the closures began - I saw two massive, absolutely massive dumper trucks being delivered to the area on two even bigger big, bad wide-load lorries with a police escort. When I say massive I mean open-cast-mining massive. You could literally fit a bus on the back of one of those dumper trucks. The job is going to be huge and by the looks of it, so is the traffic chaos that will ensue on Monday morning.

    I don't think there's been a bigger traffic re-shuffle in these parts before; not in my lifetime.
     
  10. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    I drove through the interchange last night just after 6pm and on my way back at 9.30 and there was no traffic build up at all. Perhaps people have been heeding advice and avoiding it whenever possible. I guess the real test however begins this morning at rush hour.
     
  11. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

    My mate came to see me yesterday from Edinburgh so he did the journey in both directions during the day and said it was ok. According to the radio this morning the traffic has been flowing fine with the hold ups no worse than usual.
    I suspect once the new section of M8 opens, as is usual with most major road improvements, the problem just gets moved to the next bottleneck. Crossing the Kingston bridge westbound during the evening rush hour is always terrible but at least you'll get to the 5 mile queue of stationary traffic quicker :)
     
  12. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    I'm surprised about that; I thought it would have been worse than usual despite lots of vehicles presumably avoiding the interchange. As you say though, the Kingston bridge is where it gets funky.
     
  13. killie99

    killie99 pfm Member

    Chaos this morning by all accounts, radio telling people to keep away from the area as it's stationary on every approach. That's more like it.
     
  14. windhoek

    windhoek pfm Member

    I wonder if a lot of drivers who avoided the interchange yesterday heard about it being more or less free-flowing and thought I'll give it a go this morning and see for myself; sounds like they'll be seeing a lot of it between now and nine o'clock lol.
     

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