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Transport Scotland denies foul play over M74

Transport Scotland has denied claims that it breached regulations in the tendering process for the M74 extension.

Interlink M74, a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est, Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine, is the sole bidder for the £500 million project which will link the M74 to the M8.

Last week a member of the Scottish Green Party filed a complaint regarding the procurement to the European Commission.

Allegedly the government agency broke two European Union directives, in particular rules regarding anti-competitive practice.

This is the most serious attempt yet by green activists to stop the construction of the five-mile motorway, which they claim will cause serious damage to the environment.