MOTORISTS are being strongly advised to add 35 minutes onto their journey as works are carried out on the M74.

We previously reported how drivers were being warned to expect severe delays on the busy motorway for around ten days as essential works are carried out.

Disruption is to be expected in both directions on approach to junction 5, Raith, starting from July 16.

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From 8pm, a contraflow will be in operation north and southbound between junction 6 Hamilton/Motherwell and Bothwell Services, with a minimum of two lanes running in each direction.

A “get in lane, stay in lane” system will be in operation for northbound traffic approaching junction 5 Raith.

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Transport Scotland says this traffic management is required to allow maintenance and re-waterproofing works to be carried out on Raith Bridge, on approach to junction 5.

Significant delays are expected during peak times and road users are advised to avoid the area if possible or use public transport.