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Motorists warned of delays as key M8 junctions to close this weekend

A further fourth overnight closure will take place from 9pm next Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.

Traffic chaos on the M8 at junction 3A at Blackburn and Bathgate, West Lothian. Pic from Traffic Scotland.
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A junction of Scotland's busiest motorway is to face overnight closures this weekend for maintenance to improve the road surface.

The eastbound M8 from Junction 4 (East Whitburn) to Junction 3a (Bathgate) will be closed between 9pm and 6am from Friday August 28 until Monday August 31.

A further fourth overnight closure will take place from 9pm on Wednesday September 2 until 6am on Thursday September 3.

One lane will be closed for the duration of the work, as well as the eastbound slip road, however the second lane will reopen between 6am and 8pm.

A statement from Amey who are operating the closures said: "A signed diversion via the A801/A7066/A779 will be in place while these roads are closed.

"We apologise for any inconvenience and would ask road users to plan their journey accordingly.

"This maintenance scheme been has planned in consultation with Police Scotland and West Lothian Council.

"Around 30,000 vehicles use this stretch of the M8 each day and undertaking this repair now, with a value of approximately £390,000 will ensure that this busy section of Scotland’s trunk road network continues to operate safely for years to come."

There will also be overnight closures between junctions 18 and 12 eastbound at the same times due to a refurbishment of the overhead gantries.

Four gantries between Junction 10 and 15 will be upgraded with the section shut between 8pm and 6am on Friday and Saturday.

Slips roads will also be closed with diversions in place. Motorists can check these on the Traffic Scotland and Scotland Transerv websites.

Gordon Wilson, Scotland TranServ’s contract director, said: "The first phase of this project was a success and we hope to emulate this during the second round of refurbishments.

"Some of the existing gantries have been in place for over 30 years and this programme will result in significant long term benefits to thousands of motorists using the M8 each day.

"Not only has the signage been improved but also the innovative use of LED lighting will achieve 70% in energy savings per gantry each year ensuring we play a pivotal role in helping Transport Scotland meet its carbon reduction targets for 2020."

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The work coincides with the last weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as Scotland's rugby team in action at Murrayfield.

Around 40,000 rugby fans are expected in the city for the Italy match on Saturday, as well as thousands of festival-goers.

ScotRail said extra staff will also be on hand to help customers who are opting to take the train.

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