We will be carrying out essential upgrade works to improve the electricity network during May, that will require an overnight closure of a stretch of the M9 and M80. .
The works will see a 30-strong team deployed to replace overhead power cables and electricity poles that are over 70 years old in places and no longer fit for purpose.
This will ensure the network can continue to operate effectively as more ‘green’ electricity flows through the region as part of the transition from fossil fuels – like coal and gas – to renewable electricity.
To ensure the works can be carried out safely, it will be necessary to close sections of the M9 and M80 motorways overnight on key dates:
- M9 – J3 Linlithgow to J4 Polmont will close overnight in both directions from 10pm on Saturday 15th May to 6am on Sunday 16th May. Traffic will be diverted eastbound off the M9 North onto the A803, A904, A993 through Bo’ness, A904, A905 past Grangemouth to M9 at junction 5, with the reverse for westbound.
- M80 – J8 Denny to J9 Bannockburn will close overnight in both directions from 10pm on Saturday 22nd May to 6am on Sunday 23rd May. Traffic will be diverted northbound off the M80, east onto the M876 until the junction 2 slip road on to A9, A91 at Bannockburn then back onto M80 at junction 9, with the reverse for southbound.
Ross Galbraith, SP Energy Networks’ District General Manager for Central and Fife, said: “These necessary works – which will replace lines and poles that have reached the end of their lives and create additional capacity – will make a real difference for the local electricity network and ensure it can continue to support the growing demand for electricity from local communities and businesses as we all strive for a net zero future.
“To minimise the impact on the travelling public, we’ve planned the works to include weekend overnight road closures when less vehicles will be on the roads, with our teams working through the night to get the job done. We would urge those travelling on the M9 and M80 during these essential works to allow more time for their journeys and thank them in advance for their patience and understanding.
“I look forward to the works being completed and delivering the benefits of better network performance and reliability as well as improved security of supply for communities and businesses across the central belt.”