Date lodged: 20 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what contingency plans there are to deal with incidents that lead to traffic being brought to a standstill on stretches of the (a) A8 and (b) M8 that are being upgraded.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 August 2016
This emergency response plan includes the agreed standard incident diversion routes. These contingency routes are part of a clear strategy for all trunk roads and motorways, devised in conjunction with Police Scotland and adjacent local authorities, as safe and suitable for all traffic that would normally use the trunk road.
Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), the contractor for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, has an emergency response plan in place that has been agreed with Transport Scotland. The plan details SRP’s response for various incidents that can occur on the trunk road network, including the closure of a carriageway.