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M8 Junctions 8-12

June 29th 1979

Strathclyde Region

Whatlings (Civil Eng) Ltd.

£9.5 million

(£44 million in 2017)

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The M8 Motorway

The M8 motorway is one of the most important roads in Scotland. Running to around sixty miles in length, the route connects Glasgow with Edinburgh via Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and West Lothian. Stretches of the route are used by up to 180,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest motorways in Europe.

 

The Glasgow Motorway Archive focuses on the part of the route that was contained within the boundaries of the former Strathclyde Regional Council area - that is roughly from Harthill Services near Junction 5 to Junction 31 near Bishopton. Construction on the M8 within this area began in the early 1960s and was completed in 2017.

 

Route Background

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Last Updated: 03rd December 2017

Our M8 Contract Articles

Target 1 of the 1965 Highway Plan intended that the M8 between Hillington and Baillieston (including the Glasgow Inner Ring Road north and west flanks) would be complete by 1975. This was achieved by 1980, with construction taking place in phases from November 1965. The completed route, approximately 20 miles long, cost around £120 million to build and is valued at more £1.5 billion in todays prices. The route was completed through a number of major construction contracts, some of which were of considerable scale.

 

To the east of the city the Scottish Office and Lanarkshire County Council had already commenced work on two additional projects. The first of these was the upgrade of the A8 between Baillieston and Newhouse to grade separated dual carriageway which began construction in 1960. This was followed shortly after by the construction of a section of new road between Newhouse and Whitburn. This section, which replaced the A8 single three lane carriageway, became the first section of M8 to open to traffic. To the west, Renfrew County promoted bypasses of Renfrew and Bishopton.

 

A summary of each construction contract including opening dates, designers and contractors can be found below. Each scheme has a dedicated page that provides information on the planning and construction phases. Rare photos, plans and reports help to illustrate the main points.

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M8 Junctions 15-16

April 5th 1968

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Marples Ridgeway

£3.1 million

(£50 million in 2017)

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GLASGOW INNER RING ROAD

WOODSIDE STAGE 2

M8 Junctions 16-17

May 7th 1971

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Balfour Beatty

£4 million

(£52 million in 2017)

GLASGOW INNER RING ROAD

CHARING CROSS

GLASGOW INNER RING ROAD

KINGSTON BRIDGE & APPROACHES

M8 Junctions 19-20

June 26th 1970

WA Fairhurst

Logan/Marples Ridgeway

£11 million

(£156 million in 2017)

THE RENFREW MOTORWAY

M8 Junctions 20-24

October 15th 1976

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Balfour Beatty

£20 million

(£132 million in 2017)

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M8 Junctions 24-26

October 15th 1976

WA Fairhurst

Leonard Fairclough

£15 million

(£99 million in 2017)

GLASGOW INNER RING ROAD

TOWNHEAD & WOODSIDE STAGE 1

M8 Junctions 12-15

May 30th 1975

Glasgow Corporation

Balfour Beatty

£10.6 million

(£81.5 million in 2017)

M8 Junctions 26-29a

March 18th 1968

Crouch & Hogg

Peter Lind & Marples Ridgeway

£5 million

(£79.5 million in 2017)

ST. JAMES INTERCHANGE

M8 Junction 29

August 17th 1993  

Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick

Balfour Beatty

£27.5 million

(£51.5 million in 2017)

THE RENFREW BYPASS

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M8 Junctions 17-19

February 4th 1972

WA Fairhurst

Whatlings (Civil Eng) Ltd.

£6 million

(£96 million in 2017)

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M8 Junctions 6-8

April 2017

Amey/RPS

Ferrovial Lagan JV

£500 million

(including 30 years maintenance)

HARTHILL TO NEWHOUSE

M8 Junction 5-6

August 24th 1967  

Lanark County Council

Whatlings (Civil Eng) Ltd

£5 million

£83.2 million in 2017)

BAILLIESTON TO NEWHOUSE

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THE BISHOPTON BYPASS

M8 Junctions 29a-30

December 27th 1970

Freeman Fox & Parners

Whatlings (Civil Eng) Ltd.

£2.1 million

(£29.8 million in 2017)

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M8 Junctions 30-31

November 18th 1975

Freeman Fox & Partners

Tarmac

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THE MONKLAND MOTORWAY

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M8 Junction 8

April 25th 1980

Babtie Shaw & Morton

Cementation Ltd.

£6.5 million

(£25.5 million in 2017)

BAILLIESTON INTERCHANGE

TO CITY BOUNDARY

M8 Junctions 8-12

April 25th 1980

Strathclyde Region

WC French

£12.5 million

(£49 million in 2017)

THE MONKLAND MOTORWAY

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