Traffic on the new M74 extension
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Glasgow's new £692m M74 extension opens

The controversial M74 extension through Glasgow has opened to traffic after coming in almost three times over the original estimated budget.

The five-mile (8km) route, which could cost up to £692m, links the the M74 at Carmyle with the M8 southwest of the Kingston Bridge in central Glasgow.

Supporters claim it will bring economic benefits to the west of Scotland but critics argue it will cause more pollution, increase health problems and fragment communities.

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