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First sod turned by the First Minister on the M8

Category: General / 01 April 2014

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond has officially marked the start of works for the new M8, M73, M74 Motorway Improvement Project at a ceremony held near Glasgow, Scotland.

The £500 million project is being delivered by the ‘Scottish Roads Partnership’ (SRP), a Ferrovial led consortium featuring Cintra, AMEY and a Ferrovial Agroman lead CJV (Lagan) who has been contracted to complete the new works.

In turning the first sod, Mr Salmond, said: “Today not only marks a significant milestone in the investment of Scotland’s roads infrastructure, it also lays the foundations of exciting career opportunities for the scores of graduates and apprentices who will be involved in the construction of this ambitious project.”

By delivering the M8, M73 and M74 Motorway Improvement Project, Transport Scotland and SRP are set to create approximately 1,000 new jobs while completing the motorway network between the country’s two main cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Ignacio Clopes, Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ireland Managing Director said the project provides an exciting opportunity for Ferrovial Agroman.

“This is our first roads project in Scotland and we look forward to being able to deliver a world class product which will improve travel times for the thousands of local commuters who use the route every day. Through successful collaboration with our sister company’s AMEY and Cintra, we will prove that Ferrovial’s end to end capabilities in the industry are second to none.”

Raul Pascual, M8 Project Manager, said the project is one of the country’s largest transport infrastructure projects.

“The project will include the construction of 12 kilometres of new M8 motorway and will provide additionally a new A8 all-purpose road, incorporating upgraded parts of the existing A8. It also includes work to improve a free flow new Raith Interchange and widening of nearly 30 kilometres of motorway carriageway, and 16 kilometres of network upgrades expanding several existing segments of the M8, M73 and M74.”

The sod turning ceremony was also attended by David Middleton, Transport Scotland Chief Executive and Ainslie McLaughlin, Director of Transport Scotland and Miguel Utray, the Spanish Consul-General. Representing the SRP Consortium was Karl Goose, Commercial Director of Ferrovial Agroman UK, Andrés Sacristán, Director for European Motorways; Federico Gredilla, Motorway Director for Ireland and UK; Carlos Ugarte, Director of Corporate and Business Development; and Asif Ghafoor, Managing Director of Amey Ventures.

The joint venture SRP was identified as the preferred bidder for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project in August 2013, with commercial and financial contract terms agreed in February 2014.

SRP appointed Ferrovial Agroman as the lead contractor within the joint venture undertaking the construction works, while Amey was awarded the operations and maintenance contract.

The project is expected to be completed by spring 2017.

For more information on the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, click here.

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