M8 tunnels at Charing Cross Glasgow: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Information requested

1. When was the last structural survey carried out on the M8 tunnels at Charing Cross in Glasgow?

2. What were the findings of this survey?

3. How often are structural surveys carried out on the tunnels?


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This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

1. The last survey of the Charing Cross Underpass was a Principal Inspection carried out in May 2020.

2. The Principal Inspection noted a moderate amount of spalled concrete and some areas of exposed reinforcement. There were signs of water penetration at several locations, including the supports, which
is causing staining on the tiled surfaces.

3. Inspections are split into 2 categoriesÍž Principal Inspections, which are carried out every 6 years, and General Inspections, carried out every 2 years. The next inspection will be a General Inspection in 2022

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