Traffic nightmare throws Glaswegians’ commutes into chaos

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By Emily Moore, Laurie Walters and Patryk Witkowski

FRUSTRATED drivers faced gridlock this morning as two motorway incidents caused traffic chaos.

Police shut a section of the M8 in Glasgow after a person was spotted on the carriageway.

And a five-car crash at the M-way’s junction with the M77 added to the nightmare commute.

The double incident led to tailbacks stretching for miles in every direction around the city.

Credit: Traffic Scotland

One commuter described the early morning rush hour as ‘crazy’.

The chaos began when police were alerted to a man near junction 24 of the M8.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At around 7.25am on Tuesday, 15 November, 2022, we were called to a report of a concern for a person on the westbound M8 near junction 24, Govan.”

After emergency services responded the man was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. His condition is currently unknown.

During the incident, cops closed the westbound M8 and diverted traffic via a slip road and the neighbouring M77.

Twenty five minutes later, a five car smash caused more mayhem at junction 1 of the M77. The two incidents are not linked.

The police spokesperson added: “There were no reports of any injuries and recovery has been arranged for one vehicle.”

Traffic map of Glasgow showing tailbacks in red

Commuter Emma Pearson, 19, said her 20 minute commute from Langside to Cardonald turned into a two hour nightmare.

Emma, a student at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “It was crazy.”

Lecturer Alan Muir, 58, of Burnside, Glasgow, added: “The M74 and M8 were literally turned into giant car-parks.”

Meanwhile, two vehicles were involved in a third incident at 8.20am near the Erskine Bridge slip-off on the M8.

Traffic Scotland tweeted: “Reports suggest a van is currently on its side.”

Emergency services attended the scene and two people have been taken to the QEUH.

Traffic Scotland also issued a weather warning to drivers as heavy rain also hampered the early morning commute.

They said: “Drivers in Glasgow are advised to use caution due to surface water affecting driving conditions.”

One Twitter user expressed their frustration, saying: “Took the bus from Ayr at 7:10 and still not in Glasgow yet! Bus took a detour past Sprinburn through Govan and Craigton”.

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