Parkhead Station

23 May 2013

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what recent discussions it has had with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport regarding the potential for a new railway station in Parkhead.

(S4W-15121)

Mr Keith Brown MSP (Minister for Transport & Veterans): The Scottish Government has had no recent discussions with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport regarding the potential for a new railway station at Parkhead.

Free WiFi for Glasgow

17 May 2013

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the council’s commitment to roll out free public wi-fi.

(S4W-14726)

Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Deputy First Minister)The Scottish Government has regular discussions on digital infrastructure issues with Glasgow City Council, along with the other Scottish cities, through the Scottish Cities Alliance. Delivering world-class digital connectivity in Scotland’s cities is a shared objective and collaboration is underway on a number of projects in Glasgow.

The commitment to roll out free public wi-fi is a key component of the Council’s Digital Glasgow Strategy and Scottish Government officials have provided advice and participated in initial market testing sessions on proposed solutions. Glasgow City Council is now preparing to launch a procurement process.

M74 and M8 motorway congestion

17 May 2013

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what impact the opening of the M74 motorway extension has had on traffic flow on the M8 motorway and what the traffic flow is on the extension.

(S4W-13730)

Mr Keith Brown MSP (Minister for Transport & Veterans): Following the opening of the M74 Completion scheme, the average two-way daily flows along the M8 motorway, between Charing Cross and Ballieston, have reduced by around 18-20,000 vehicles per day. Across theKingstonBridgethe average two-way daily flows have reduced by around 11,000 vehicles per day.

Along the M8 west of the M77 the average 2-way flows have increased, for example by around 10,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 25 and 25A, reducing to around 2,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 26 and 27.

On the M74 Completion scheme itself, traffic flows of between 34,000 and 37,000 vehicles per day in each direction have been observed.

M8 congestion

24 Apr 2013

John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  what impact the opening of the M74 motorway extension has had on traffic flow on the M8 motorway and what the traffic flow is on the extension.

(S4W-13730)

Mr Keith Brown MSP (Minister for Transport & Veterans) :Following the opening of the M74 Completion scheme, the average two-way daily flows along the M8 motorway, between Charing Cross and Baillieston, have reduced by around 18-20,000 vehicles per day. Across the Kingston Bridge the average two-way daily flows have reduced by around 11,000 vehicles per day.

Along the M8 west of the M77 the average 2-way flows have increased, for example by around 10,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 25 and 25A, reducing to around 2,000 vehicles per day between Junctions 26 and 27.