Work on a project to connect Scotland’s two motorways in North Lanarkshire will commence next year, following approval by the Scottish Government.

The project involves building a new seven mile-long dual carriageway in Ravenscraig, which will stretch from the Chapelhall junction of the M8, to Airbles Road and the M74.

North Lanarkshire Council has lodged the £73m ($116.9m) proposal under a Tax Incremental Funding (TIF) scheme with the Scottish Futures Trust for funding.

The project has already received planning permission, which involves widening existing main roads, building new dual carriageways and a new roundabout near the main entrance to Strathclyde Park.

The Scottish Futures Trust will initially release a draft of its recommendations before passing the TIF project plan to the Scottish Government for approval, according to