A £2.3 million project to improve a key road in Larkhall has now been completed.

The project on the A72 Lanark Road at the Larkhall Junction of the M74 has been finished and drivers can expect to see significant benefits which have been delivered over the last six months.

Executive Director of Community and Enterprise Resources, David Booth, said: “There has been an increase in the number of homes and associated infrastructure as we move forward with the Larkhall Community Growth area. 

“These improvements to how drivers access both the motorway and the A72 have been designed to ease the traffic congestion that new development can generate. Not only that but the queues that often previously formed on the motorway should now be mitigated.  

“This will provide a significant boost to road safety in the area. 

“The project has also delivered tangible improvements to the area’s road infrastructure, surfacing, drainage, and traffic flow. Together with the new signalling and LED lighting, we are delighted that, with our City Deal partners, we have been able to deliver real and lasting benefits for all who travel through this area of South Lanarkshire.”

The improvement works were funded by the Glasgow Region City Deal, and will create improved travel times on all routes due to the installation of two new sets of traffic signals at the on and off-ramps of junction seven of the M74.

As well as this, 2300 square metres of extra carriageway has been created or improved through widening and surfacing reworks.

Other work carried out also includes improved LED street lighting, the installation of 40 new columns, resurfacing and drainage work along 10,000 square metres of existing carriageway, two new and improved vehicle restraint systems along the M74/A72 overbridge parapet length, and the replacement of all road signs and safety barriers.

South Lanarkshire Council is one of eight local authorities who, with the UK and Scottish Governments are signatories to the £1.13 billion Glasgow Region City Deal.