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Welcome to Glasgow's Motorways

Glasgow’s Motorways is an educational website detailing the history and construction of the motorways and major trunk roads of the Greater Glasgow area. 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.


Major subject areas include the planning of the system, the routes constructed and developments in the decades since. Other features include a timeline, a media gallery and a consideration of the schemes that were cancelled. Details of newly published articles can be found below. The site gives special thanks to Mr John M Cullen for his assistance, encouragement and friendship.

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Site Highlights & Latest Articles

Glasgow's Motorways in the Media - BBC, STV & More!

POSTED UNDER: General News     DATE: 19th November 2015     BY: Stuart Baird

A number of media organisations have been in touch recently regarding the 50th anniversary of the start of construction 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 assist!

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UPDATED Article: M8 Glasgow Inner Ring Road - North Flank

POSTED UNDER: The M8 Motorway     DATE: 18th April 2016     BY: Stuart Baird

Our article on the North Flank of the M8 Glasgow Inner Ring Road from Townhead to Woodside has been considerably expanded. The page now includes details of the Woodside Stage 2 contract which was completed in May 1971. 


The article provides information on both north flank construction contracts which cost £7 million and were completed in stages from 1968 to 1971. This part of M8 contains the elevated viaducts of Woodside and the extensive Townhead Interchange complex.


We have included several new images and diagrams, many of which were only recently unearthed. Visit the page by clicking the link opposite.

NEW Page: Glasgow's Motorway Timeline

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POSTED UNDER: General News     DATE: 26th January 2016     BY: Stuart Baird

The Glasgow's Motorway Timeline page has now launched.


Development of the Greater Glasgow motorway network can be traced back to the mid 1940s. In the eighty or so years since there have been numerous milestones including the construction of projects such as the M8 motorway, Erskine Bridge and Clyde Tunnel.


To provide a summary of these key dates we have created the timeline page. Its aim: to provide a quick reference point for those looking for specific scheme dates or information on specific events. Links to relevant pages are highlighted bold where present, and photos and other media are also included. Click opposite to visit the page.

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Find us on Facebook - Page Now LIVE

Glasgow's Motorways finally has a presence on Facebook! The page launched in early 2016 and will compliment our successful Twitter feed. Facebook provides us with the opportunity to share more images and background information.


We are planning a number of features in the coming weeks which will reveal a number of items from our ever expanding archive. These include rare photos of junctions, projects under construction, bridges and many more!


You can find us at facebook.com/glasgowsmotorways or by clicking any of the Facebook icons dotted around our pages!


Remember to click the "LIKE" button to be kept up to date!

Special Thanks

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!

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Research Services

The site is happy to provide research services to those interested in subjects such as the planning and construction of M8 or any of the other motorways in the Glasgow area. In recent months we have provided assistance to major contractors, consultants, PhD students around the world and documentary makers at a number of production companies.


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, please feel free to get in touch.


All requests for information should be made via the About Us page in the first instance. We aim to respond as quickly as possible.

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Purpose of Glasgow's Motorways

Glasgow’s Motorways seeks to provide a comprehensive educational resource that is both accurate and trusted. Glasgow has more miles of urban motorway than the combined total of all other UK cities and the story of how this came to be is of interest to many. The project was a considerable feat of civil engineering and by far the largest project in the city since the construction of the railways in the 19th Century. Unlike the motorways in other parts of the UK, Glasgow’s road system has had little in the way of online coverage. The network has many other interesting features that are unique in a UK context. The website is not connected to any public bodies such as Transport Scotland and is run on a not for profit basis.


In depth research has unearthed many facts, figures, plans and photos that have been out of general circulation for many years. The Glasgow motorway archive continues to grow and it is our aim to share as many items from it as possible. We do, for example, share many new photos via our Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Published articles are generally free from opinion and impartial. Where we give an opinion on a particular subject we separate it from the main text and highlight it as such. Glasgow's Motorways is neither pro nor anti road and does not become involved in campaigns. Comments and general feedback are welcome and we hope you find the site to be of interest.

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Glasgow's Motorways is run as a not-for-profit organisation and depends on donations to pay for site hosting costs and software subscriptions.


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