Protesters lament road project costs

Environmentalists have stepped up their campaign against the M74 motorway extension in Glasgow, the UK's largest road building project.

Last week Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) staged an on-site demonstration as it unveiled figures showing that the Scottish Executive has agreed to pay around £100 million in compensation to companies that will be forced to relocate.

FoES chief executive Duncan McLaren commented: "We are now exposing the true cost of the folly. Scottish taxpayers are being fleeced."

Earlier this year FoES and lobby group Jam74 mounted a legal challenge to the executive's decision to reject the findings of a public inquiry and press ahead with the £500 million extension.

Ministers found that the inquiry reporter failed to give sufficient weight to the project's potential for regeneration. The court case is expected to be heard next June.

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