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.
At this stage a number of original features were still present along the M8 and can be seen in the video. Highlights include the construction of the St James Interchange flyovers, the pre-J25A layout, Kingston Bridge strengthening works, widening of the north flank of the ring road and widening of the approaches to the M80 at Provan. A number of original style gantries can be seen as can the original Newbridge Roundabout and Harthill Services. Thanks to owner Brian Stevenson for use!
Works to upgrade the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse to motorway, as well as provide a new underpass at Raith on the M74, and widen the M73 continue apace. In recent weeks the pace at Raith Interchange seems to have gone up a gear.
Transport Scotland recently published the latest project newsletter and it contains a number of impressive visualisations of what the finished junction will look like. For those not aware of the detail it clearly illustrates the new underpass and structures that are currently being constructed. Anyone using the M74 on a regular basis will have noticed some of the huge piling rigs and other plant being used in the construction of the new bridge that will cross the A725.
For more information click the "Read More" link opposite to visit the official project page.
"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 which 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 and opening booklets!