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The archive seeks to collect and preserve records relating to the construction of Glasgow's motorways and trunk roads. The website allows us to share them, in addition to our published articles, with those who have an interest in the subject.


Glasgow’s road system has many interesting features and our research has unearthed many facts, figures, plans and photos that have been out of general circulation for many years. The physical archive continues to grow and it is our aim to share as many items from it as possible.


Comments and feedback are welcome and we hope you find the site to be of interest. The archive is not connected to any public bodies such as Transport Scotland and is run on a not for profit basis.

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All motorways in the Glasgow area are covered and are detailed in articles based around original construction contracts. The extents of the routes covered is as follows:











Also covered are: The M898, the Clydeside Expressway, the Clyde Tunnel, the Erskine Bridge, the A725 and the A737. A history section, a timeline and pages detailing unbuilt routes such as the Maryhill Motorway and the East Flank of the Inner Ring Road are also provided.

  • The M8. Subjects include the Glasgow Inner Ring Road and Monkland   Motorway.

  • The M74. Major articles include the Hamilton Bypass and M74 Completion scheme.

  • The M77

  • The M80. The development of the route through Glasgow and North Lanarkshire is covered.

  • The M73



Stuart is a qualified civil engineer and is employed within the highway maintenance sector in Scotland. He launched the website due to his interest in the history of the Glasgow and Scottish road networks. He had been researching the subject for a number of years and was frustrated by the lack of information in the public domain.


Stuart continues to carry out extensive research, particularly into major routes, such as the M8 and M74 motorways, and the many unbuilt sections recommended in the Glasgow Highway Plan. His primary transport interests include bridges & highway structures and transport planning & policy making. Wider interests include politics, local government and public transport.


As a Co-Editor, Stuart commissions and produces new articles and assists with research enquiries and technical queries. Stuart is responsible for the general design of the website and produces the majority of its graphics.


John has an enthusiasm for urban highways and has taken a particular interest in the planning and construction of Glasgow’s road network and its history. He is employed within the highway maintenance sector in Scotland.


His contributions to the website began in early 2013 and he has assisted with the research, production and design of several articles on the Glasgow motorway system. These have included pages on the Clydeside Expressway, the M77, the M80 and the M8 Renfrew Bypass. He is interested in interchange layouts, road geometry and general Scottish motorway history.


John is a Co-Editor of the website and deals with routine site correspondance, publicity and research. He also keeps a close eye on current and future Scottish Government transportation projects such as the M8 Baillieston to Newhouse, A96 dualling and A720 Sheriffhall grade-separation schemes.


Since 2014 we have had the pleasure of contributing to a number of documentaries, radio programmes and publications. We are always happy to tell the story of the Glasgow motorway system.


Our contributions to date include:



BBC Scotland News (October 2015)

STV News (November 2015)

STV Glasgow/UK Regional TV (January 2016)

BBC Two Scotland - "Scotland at Work" (Series 2, Episode 1) (April 2016)

Discovery Networks/Quest TV - "Scrap Kings" (October 2017)

BBC One Scotland - " A Storm That Saved a City" (January 2018)

BBC One Scotland - "Scotland from the Air" (Coming 2018)



BBC Radio Scotland (October 2015)



The Guardian (2018)

Glasgow Evening Times (2015, 2016, 2017)

The Herald (2014, 2016)

The Scotsman (2015, 2016, 2017)

Daily Record (2016)

Edinburgh Evening News (2017)

Hamilton Advertiser (2016)

Cullen & Others 1976


We were first introduced to John Cullen in January 2009 – this was a turning point in the development of what became Glasgow’s Motorways. Without his input a vast amount of the information we have unearthed would still be hidden away in dusty archives. He has been an invaluable source and continues to offer encouragement as we strive to provide the most accurate source of information on the Glasgow motorway system available.


John had a crucial role in the production of a Highway Plan for Glasgow. His responsibilities lay in the development of an outline design for the Glasgow motorway system, as well as in the detailed design of some early contracts, such as Townhead Interchange and the north flank of the M8 Inner Ring Road. John developed corridors for routes, such as M8 between Hillington and Baillieston, the Glasgow Inner Ring Road, sections of what we now know as the M77 and M80, as well as unbuilt routes such as the Maryhill Motorway.


John has an impressive CV, having been a civil engineer for over 65 years. He is also a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Highways & Transportation. His vast experience has seen him work around the globe on a variety of projects such as the design of a ten lane freeway through Las Vegas, the Cumbernauld New Town road system, the Motherwell Ring Road, development of the Baghdad Transportation Study as well as work in Ontario, Canada. He has published a number of papers on a variety of transport planning subjects and provided Traffic Consultancy services.


We continue to meet with John regularly. Recently, we have assisted him with his traffic flow studies on the impact of the M74 completion, as well as other Glasgow related subjects. We have also contributed to John's book "Glasgows Motorways: A History" which is essential reading for those interested in the Glasgow Inner Ring Road.


We would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation to John Cullen for his assistance and the source material he has provided over the years. His contributions have ensured that the website is both accurate and comprehensive in its coverage.

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The Glasgow Motorway Archive wishes to express its thanks to the following for their support and assistance:


Mr Barrie Old

Mr Alaister Walker

Mr Bob McGowan

Mr Malcolm Munro

Mr Iain MacNab

Professor Urlan Wannop

Mr Andrew Tallach


Merson ASG

Transport Scotland

Glasgow City Council

Renfrewshire Council

North Lanarkshire Heritage

Interlink M74 JV

Scottish Roads Partnership



The Glasgow Motorway Archive aims to provide detailed and accurate information on the history and construction of the motorways and trunk roads of the Glasgow area. We are happy to accept research requests from anyone with an interest in the subject. Whether you are a student completing a final year project, or a production assistant looking for information for a documentary, we strive to provide you with as much information as you need. We may also license some of our photographs and diagrams for educational use.


In recent years the site has made contributions to BBC Scotland, STV, national & local newspapers as well as colleges and universities. We have access to a considerable number of reports, plans and photographs which have been unearthed over many years. The list below details some of the main items contained within the archive. If what you are looking for isn't on the list, we probably know where you can find a copy.


In the first instance all requests for informaton should be sent to our main email address:


Please provide details of who you are, what you are looking for and for what purpose. We will generally respond to all queries within 48 hours although if some research is required we may require more time.


If you have any old documents, reports or photographs we would love to see them! We are always on the lookout for new material so please get in touch if you have anything you would like to share.



The First & Second Planning Reports (Bruce Report) (1945)

The Clyde Valley Report (1949) Sir Patrick Abercrombie

Interim Report on Glasgow Inner Ring Road (1962) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

A Highway Plan for Glasgow (1965) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

The Greater Glasgow Transportation Study Vol 1, 2 & 4 (1967-73)

Maryhill Motorway Report (1980) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Ayr Motorway Report (1980) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Inner Ring Road South & East Flank Reports (1975-80) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Glasgow Inner Ring Road - Performance Study (1975) Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Strathclyde Regional Council SPRAG Report (1981)

Strathclyde Regional Council - Various Reports (1975-96)

Various Public Local Inquiry Reports

Various Strathclyde Regional Council Structure Plans

CITRAC Operations Manual

Various Scottish Office Consultations & Reports (1990s)

Press Cuttings (1960-90s)

Slides (1960-90s)

Construction Photographs (All Routes)

Archive Photographs

Fold Out Maps (1960s to 90s)

Archive Film Clips

GGTS Technical & Steering Group Committee Memos

Scottish Transport Statistic Reports

Accident Statistics (1950s-Present)

Detailed Traffic Flow Data (1950s-Present)

Various Opening and Commemorative Booklets