Stirling M9 link opens

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MOTORISTS are now able to travel on the M9 to Stirling using the M9 Spur.

A new section of motorway opened last weekend, ahead of schedule, and will enable traffic from Queensferry to join the M9 at Kirkliston’s Junction 1 as opposed to travelling on the A904 to Philpstoun.

The new carriageway linking the existing M9 Spur to the M9 is being built in conjunction with the new Forth Crossing.

It’s aim is to eventually take HGVs away from using the A904 and passing through Newton.

While the westbound link has opened, the eastbound link, from the M9 onto the M9 Spur is not yet complete.

The 40mph average speed limit has also been lifted on the road between Queensferry and Newbridge.

A spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said: “Our contractor on the M9 Junction 1a contract has been making excellent progress and we are pleased that this has allowed the lifting of some of the traffic management which will benefit drivers making journeys over the Christmas period. Work will continue early next year and the improved road connections are due to open fully in the spring.”