Scottish Roads Partnership, a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman (Amey) and Lagan, has been awarded the contract by Transport Scotland.
The project, which has an estimated value of £415m, will see the completion of the motorway network between Glasgow and Edinburgh, upgrading the A8 Baillieston to Newhouse road. The new stretch of the M8 will be a combination of three and four lanes and is expected to cut rush-hour journeys by up to 18 minutes. The work will also involve improvements to the Raith Interchange and widening of key sections of the M8, M73 and M74.
Construction will begin later in 2013 and is scheduled to be finished by spring 2017.
The upgraded route will shave up to 18 minutes off drivers’ journey time as well as creating hundreds of support jobs. Amey currently employs over 1500 people across Scotland, including a major office base at Eurocentral.