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Drivers who routinely travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh might be pleased to know the Scottish government has secured £175 million to upgrade the M8 motorway between Scotland’s two biggest cities. The money comes by way of loans secured from the European Investment Bank, the oldest such lending institution on the European continent. Money will also be spent on improvements to the M73 and M74.

In reporting on the announcement, HGV UK says that commercial drivers will benefit once the project is complete through less congestion and journeys that are both quicker and safer. Right now, the traffic problems associated with the motorways in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow make life miserable for HGV drivers.


Upon completion of a concession agreement to be awarded by the Scottish government, design and implementation of the project will get underway. Officials have said it will create hundreds of construction-related jobs, as well as permanent jobs needed to maintain the roads for the next 30 years.

Since 2012, the European Investment Bank has increased the amount of money put into UK infrastructure by 59%. However, it should be noted that the money provided for this project does not meet the total funding needs it represents. It’s only half of what officials believe will be required, the other half being secured through bonds purchased by international investors.

Better Roads Equals Better Transport

At the HGV Training Centre, we could not be more pleased to hear the news out of Scotland. Our position is that better roads create a better transport industry, which, in turn, creates a better environment for recruiting and hiring new drivers. We believe this project will not only improve the road system in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow, it will also benefit the Scottish economy by allowing more economic activity in the region.

In order to do our part, we will continue offering HGV training in Glasgow, Grampian, Edinburgh and all across the UK. As one of the leading providers of commercial driver training, we understand it is our job to produce high-quality drivers that can fill as many of the available positions as possible. We strive for excellence in doing just that.

Each of our HGV training classes has been created by industry experts who are familiar with UK law and the skill sets and knowledge necessary to operate commercial vehicles efficiently and safely. Our approach to training is one that is focused and intense, based on our belief that this is the way students learn best. Our students boast a 92% first-time pass rate on the theory test, showing that our approach does work.

Drivers interested in HGV training in Grampian or other parts of Scotland are encouraged to get in touch with us right away. We have new classes forming all the time at more than 45 facilities around the UK. In just a matter of weeks, we can have you sitting behind the wheel of an HGV, preparing for a new career as a commercial driver.


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