Date received: 2 November 2018
Date responded: 3 December 2018
Can you provide any reports or evaluation carried out on congestion on the M8 in the last 5 years and the causes, including and impact of the design of the M8 M74 junction. I would also be interested in any proposals related to ongoing proposals to seek to improve what is becoming terrible congestion on a regular basis.
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- Improved journey times and connections, to tackle congestion and lack of integration and connections in transport.
- Reduced emissions, to tackle climate change, air quality, health improvement.
- Improved quality, accessibility and affordability, to give choice of public transport, better quality services and value for money or alternative to car.
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