Plans to resurface the M898 motorway south of the Erskine Bridge this weekend have been amended.

Due to concerns relating to trunk road disruption close to the Christmas shopping period, and with the Betfred Cup final between Celtic and Aberdeen due to be played at Hampden Park on Sunday, resurfacing works planned on the southbound M898, between the Erskine Bridge and the M8, for this weekend will now be restricted to overnights only.

The work will take place at the following times:

– 8pm on Friday, November 30 to 6am Saturday, December 1;

– 8pm on Saturday, December 1 to 6am on Sunday, December 2;

– 8pm on Sunday, December 2 to 6am on Monday, December 3.

Scotland Transerv, which will carry out the work, had originally planned a complete closure of the route from Friday night all the way through until Monday morning – and was warning motorists to expect delays of up to two hours.

Announcing the amended closure plans, Paul Lynch, Scotland TranServ’s Network Manager, said: “Under this revised schedule, Scotland TranServ will implement a reduced treatment plan, resurfacing those carriageway defects most urgently in need of repair.

"At a later date more deeply affected parts of the M898 southbound carriageway will require a fuller treatment.

“To address these defects a weekend closure will be necessary at a time more convenient to stakeholders, communities, businesses and the events calendar.

"We will continue to consult with local authorities, emergency services and key stakeholders to ensure this important programme of work is completed as quickly and safely as possible.”

During the amended closure periods, only southbound traffic will be affected. The northbound carriageway will remain open as normal.