Storage containers pose risk to motorway and economy

A compound of 17 storage containers and a portacabin under motorway viaducts in Glasgow has been rejected by scottish ministers after being called in because of potential serious disruption to a key section of the M8, M74 and M77 network in the event of a fire.

Ministers agreed with their reporter and Transport Scotland that a fire at the site could cause major short term disruption during the emergency response, and also long term disruption if the fire caused damage to the bridge structures which would then have potentially catastrophic effect on the economy.

The reporter had rejected the city council’s stance that a temporary permission, to be terminated if there was a fire at the site, could assist the existing builder’s yard business and concluded that uncertainties over quantities and types of flammable material stored and future changes in operator created too great a risk.

Reporter: Richard Hickman; Written representations


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