Glasgow and Edimburgh | Central Scotland, United Kingdom

M8, M73 and M74 Highway

A strategic link between Glasgow and Edinburgh


Transport Scotland and Cintra

A public-private partnership to complete the Central Scotland highway network between the country's two main cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The section of the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse will be converted into a multi-lane highway. The Raith Interchange will also be upgraded and various sections of the M8, M73 and M74 widened.



The M8, M73, M74 Motorway Improvements project was awarded to the Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) consortium in August 2013. The commercial and financial deal was closed in February 2014. Construction is scheduled to finish in spring 2017.

Project Plannig

28.6 kilometres of highway will be involved, 12.4 kilometres of new construction and 16.2 kilometres of upgraded existing roadways. The concession period will be thirty-three (33) years from the signature of the Contract. This is an availability payment project and therefore payments to the concessionaire are pegged to the level of service.

Local development


Cintra thus becomes a key developer on the Scottish market. The Company aims to mitigate the congestion in the area and boost local development through the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs during the construction phase.

  • Plano autopista Escocia
    ConcessionaireScottish Roads Partnership
    ClientTransport scotland
    Equity structure20% Cintra
    20% Amey
    30% Meridiam
    30% Scottish Widows Investment Partnership
    Opening date2014
    Completion date2047
    Concession period2014-2047
    Duration of the concession33 years
    Purpose of the concessionDesign, construction, funding and operation
    Investment517.4 M €
    Jobs createdApprox. 200 direct jobs and more than 100 local commpanies during the construction phase.
    Length of the highway28.6 km
    Number of lanes2,3 and 4 lanes per direction 8depending on the selection)
    Toll systemAvailability payment
    Payment methods acceptedN/A

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  • Autopistas M8, M73 y M74
  • Autopistas M8, M73 y M74
  • Autopistas M8, M73 y M74
  • Mapa Glasgow Edimburgo