The Erskine Bridge takes the A898 across the River Clyde, connecting Renfrewshire with West Dunbartonshire. Opened by HRH Princess Anne on the 2nd of July 1971 the vital connection over the Clyde carries over thirty thousand vehicles a day in each direction. It is one of four major crossings over the Clyde alongside the A739 Clyde Tunnel, the Clyde Arc at Finnieston and the Kingston bridge which carries the M8 Motorway.
The bridge itself is composed of two lane all purpose dual carriageway with cycle/waking paths at either side. It has a total deck width of 31 meters. At its highest point, the bridge has 45 meters of clearance allowing large vessels to clear the bridge and sail upstream.
The A814 Clydeside Expressway snakes along the edge of the north bank of the River Clyde. It is a non-trunk road and provides a bypass of Glasgow's west end. At its western end it connects with the north portal of the A739 Clyde Tunnel, while in the east it meets the M8 at Junction 19 to the north of the Kingston Bridge.
It is a crucial piece of Glasgow's road network. The Expressway was designed and built to dual carriageway standard with two lanes in each direction and, since 2008, has featured fully grade separated junctions along it’s entire length. The route provides an uninterrupted fast link for traffic commuting between Clydebank, the west of the city and the City Centre.
The Clyde Tunnel was the first modern road crossing of the River Clyde. First recommended in reports published in the 1940s, it was planned as a way or relieving traffic on the congested bridges of the city centre.
Construction began in 1957 and continued for over 6 years. Engineers on the project faced a number of complex challenges which we will describe below. The tunnel and its approach roads remain an important link across the city and carry in excess of 60,000 vehicles per day.
We are also delighted to be able to include a number of rare images which have been supplied by Glasgow City Council.
The A737 is one of the main trunk routes to Aryshire. While not a motorway, the road was proposed in The Greater Glasgow Transport Study, published in 1967. The main focus of this article is on the section between Howwood and St. James Interchange on the M8.
The history of the A737 between the M8 and Howwood began with the publication of the Greater Glasgow Transportation Study in 1967 which recommended the construction of “The Johnstone Motorway” along the path of the present route. When the “Linclive Link road” was constructed in 1968, it was presumed that this would shortly be upgraded to motorway and extended southwards.
The A725 is a dual carriageway trunk road in Lanarkshire. It is composed of three distinct parts: the at-grade section through East Kilbride, the grade separated East Kilbride Expressway from Whirlies to the M74 Raith Interchange and the grade separated Bellshill Bypass from the M74 to the A8 at Shawhead.
The route was built in stages from the late 1950s to the early 1980s and was developed to connect the East Kilbride New Town to the motorway network. Major upgrade works are currently underway at Raith Interchange to provide an underpass for traffic travelling between East Kilbride and the A8/M8 Shawhead. The route became a trunk road in 1996, and along with the A726 southern orbital provides a link to the M77.
The A803 Springburn Expressway is a north to south route linking the northern districts of the city to the M8 Inner Ring Road at Townhead. It passes through Springburn. Originally envisaged in "A Highway Plan for Glasgow", it was one of the later road schemes to be built, opening in phases between 1984 and 1990.
During planning and construction the scheme was known as “Springburn Road Realignment” and its route on the whole follows the original Springburn Road. The upgrade was a mixture of offline and online upgrade with the provision of upgraded mostly at-grade junctions and a grade separated interchange at Hawthorn Street.