An archive dedicated to the preservation of records associated with the history and construction of the motorways and major trunk roads of Glasgow.
Construction of the motorway system was a considerable engineering achievement which transformed travel across the region. Today, Glasgow has more miles of urban motorway than any other UK city.
The Glasgow Inner Ring Road was planned as an urban motorway route around the city centre. Only the north and west flanks were constructed, and today, these carry the M8 motorway through the city. Click here to view our IRR articles!
The story of Glasgow’s motorways can be traced back to the 1940s. This section provides background on the planning & development of the motorway system, & includes a timeline of important dates.
The Glasgow motorway system is made up of a number of major routes, including, the M73, M74, M77, M8, M80 & M898. This index provides links to our articles on each route, as well as some important facts & figures.
For the latest article updates, be sure to check out our News page. From media apperances, our latest photo finds and our thoughts on Glasgow motorway related issues, it is regularly updated!
The Glasgow Motorway Archive seeks to provide a comprehensive and factually accurate historic resource. To find out who we are, and why we are here, be sure to check out the About Us page!
Our M8 Renfrew Bypass page has been extensively updated to include over 100 exclusive construction photos & key project dates!
The photos have been supplied by Mr Barrie Old, a retired civil engineer who worked on the project from 1965 to 1967. Barrie worked for Peter Lind on Stage 1 of the project. It opened to traffic in March 1968.
Click below to read about the first section of M8 to open in the west of Scotland!
M8 J5-6, looking westwards (2009)
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