The first page on "A Highway Plan for Glasgow" has finally been published. The plan, which laid out plans for the Glasgow Inner Ring Road and a variety of routes beyond, was published in 1965 and shaped highway planning in Glasgow for almost twenty years. The report, which is very much of its time, recommended an array of urban motorways and expressways around 50% of which were constructed.
Initial plans for the Ring Road were released in late 1962, and as we approach that fiftieth anniversary it seems appropriate to look back on the report and to consider its impact on history. Glasgows Motorways is fortunate to have sourced copies of it and aims to provide the most in depth coverage available online.
Although superseded a few years later by the Greater Glasgow Transportation Study, the Highway Plan outlined routes such as the M8 from Baillieston to Hillington (via the Renfrew Motorway, Inner Ring Road and Monkland Motorway), the M77 (as the Ayr Motorway), the M80 (as the Stirling Motorway) and Cydeside Expressway. A number of unbuilt routes such as the Maryhill Motorway and the east and south flanks of the ring road were also proposed. The report was completed by Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners on behalf of the Corporation of Glasgow with work getting underway in 1960. Detailed traffic studies were undertaken, the results of which were outlined in the report as justification for the overall plan. Beautiful illustrations were also included, such as that for Townhead Interchange above. The Highway Plan is an important piece of Glasgow's transport history and should be credited with dramatically improving road links across the city.
Be sure to check it out now, if just for a selection of illustrations and never before seen images!! CLICK HERE