Glasgows-Motorways.co.uk details the history, development and construction of the motorways and other routes of the Greater Glasgow area!
The site aims to provide the most accurate source of information available on subjects such as A Highway Plan for Glasgow and the Glasgow Inner Ring Road in addition to the M8 and M74 motorways. Rare plans, charts, opening booklets and photos are a regular feature and help to illustrate the various articles.
Details on our recent articles and newly published pages can be found below. To navigate around the site use the menus at the top or right hand sides of each page.
A number of media organisations have been in touch recently regarding the 50th anniversary of the start of construction of the Townhead section of the M8 Glasgow Inner Ring Road.
In October we made an appearance on BBC Scotland's flagship news programmes Reporting Scotland and Good Morning Scotland. This was followed up in November with an appearance on STV News in which we also took part in a studio discussion! We have also been involved recently with Mentorn Media who are producing a documentary series for the BBC. Exciting times for the site! We are always happy to help organisations with any M8 or Glasgow motorway related enquiries so please get in touch if we can help!
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. The ring road was designed by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and outlined in "A Highway Plan for Glasgow".
Our articles covering the route will be presented in two parts. The first, covering the north flank from Townhead Interchange to Woodside is now live. The page contains a host of old and new photos which showcase the important features of this crucial section of M8 motorway. We also detail the various important dates associated with the scheme - the first time these have been detailed online.
"A Highway Plan for Glasgow" was published in 1965 by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Glasgow. The report formed the basis of plans for routes across the city.
The report was commissioned in 1960 with a view of providing a definitive design for the long discussed Inner Ring Road. The scope of the exercise was widened in 1961 to include traffic studies and a highway plan for the entire city. An outline design for the Ring Road was published in 1962 with the remaining plan agreed in 1963. In all 48 miles of motorway with a target completion of 1990 were recommended. It was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Transportation Study, published in 1967.
The site is happy to provide research services to those interested in the M8 or any of the other motorways in the Glasgow area.
We have an array of plans, reports, drawings and photographs dating from 1946 to the present day. These were produced for Local Authorities, Transport Executives and Central Government. If you are a student carrying out research or a production assistant looking for information feel free to get in touch! All requests for info can be made via the Research Services page.
The site wishes to thank all those who have assisted with the supply of reports, plans, photos and various other items.
Special thanks must go to Mr John M Cullen for encouragement and archive materials, and to Mr Alaister Walker for access to photographs, slides and opening booklets!