A8000 Motorway Replacement

Scheme outline

Construction of new motorway to dual two-lane plus hard shoulder standard from the terminus of the M9 spur to a new limited-access junction on the A90 providing access towards the Forth Road Bridge. The new motorway will replace the A8000 link road from the M9 spur to the A90 which is presently heavily congested. The extended spur will continue to take the M9 number from its parent motorway.

The scheme also includes the widening of the A90 between the new spur and the Forth Road Bridge to dual three-lane. The junction will continue the A90 mainline onto the spur, with the rest of the A90 towards Edinburgh becoming an exit from the route.

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New road
under motorway restrictions
Highway authority
Scottish Executive


This scheme has been completed and we are no longer accepting progress updates.
14 April 2005

The Scottish Executive announce they will provide the additional money needed to close the funding gap and construction is due to start shortly.

14 June 2005

Completion date has been put back two years to February 2008. This news conflicts with reports that preparatory work has already started on construction.

14 June 2006

Construction work is now under way; the road is now expected to open in late 2007.

14 September 2007

The new road was opened in phases in early September. The old A8000 is now closed for several weeks for reconstruction work.

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