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.
A guide on how to navigate around the site can be found below as well as details on our recent articles and published pages.
In the first of our "Great Unbuilt" pages we are delighted to unveil the Maryhill and Lomond Motorways. With access to reports not seen in public for decades we have been able to provide a comprehensive account of these motorways for the first time.
The Maryhill Motorway was first proposed in a Highway Plan for Glasgow and was designed to provide a radial route across the north west of the city, improving access to areas such as Bearden and Milngavie. The Lomond Motorway extended it as far as the A82 at Kilbowie, effectively creating a north western bypass. The proposals caused widespread public outrage and despite several revisions the route was cancelled for good in 1980.
The route was opened to traffic in October 1976 and was the final piece in the motorway puzzle between Glasgow Airport and the city centre. Works were carried out in two simultaneous stages. The section features the widest section of motorway in Glasgow (and one of the widest in the UK) at the large braided interchange at Plantation where four carriageways with 16 running lanes handle traffic from three motorways in a very short distance. The Renfrew Motorway carries over 100,000 vehicles a day on its busiest sections.
"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 It was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Transportation Study, published in 1967.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!