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We will be publishing regular articles on the history of the Glasgow motorway system and about the interesting artifacts in our archive.

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Glasgow Motorway Archive - Blogs & Podcasts


By Stuart Baird, April 11th 2019


In Podcast 10 we delve into the commemorative opening booklet for the Clyde Tunnel North Approach Road, and answer some questions about alternative designs for the Kingston Bridge.


The Clyde Tunnel North Approach turned 50 years old on April 9th. It connected the tunnel with Balshagray Avenue and made for a quicker journey towards Anniesland Cross and beyond. The project was designed by Halcrow & Partners and built by Balfour Beatty. It cost £2.2 million and opened five months ahead of schedule. Construction began in March 1967. The compact Whiteinch Interchange was built as part of it, with a connection to the Clydeside Expressway following in 1973. You can see a copy of the booklet below.

Clyde Tunnel North Approach Road - Opening Booklet

& Kingston Bridge Alternative Designs

By Stuart Baird, March 4th 2019


In our "From the Archive" feature in podcast 9, we discussed a commemorative booklet printed in advance of the opening of the Charing Cross section of the Glasgow Inner Ring Road and M8 in February 1972.



Bound in red leather, the booklet contains many fascinating facts and figures about the Charing Cross project, along with some stunning images of the project under construction. As this was final piece of the north and west flanks of the ring road to open, there is also some information on the preceding projects, Townhead, Kingston and Woodside.



Flick through the photos to see some of the details contained within the book, and be sure to comment below to let us know what you think. It's certainly one of the rarer items within the Glasgow Motorway Archive.

M8 Glasgow Inner Ring Road - Charing Cross Opening Booklet (1972)

The Kingston Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in Glasgow. A ten lane marvel, it remains one of the busiest urban river crossings in Europe. It turns 50 in next year. A question was submitted requesting information on whether alternative designs for the bridge had been considered. The simple answer is yes! Both quay level and high level structures were considered by the engineering consultant, WA Fairhurst & Partners. More interesting was their proposal that combined the two ideas. The images below illustrate this in stunning detail: a low level bridge for surface street traffic and a higher level bridge for Inner Ring Road traffic. The idea was rejected due to the concerns of the Clyde navigation authority who wanted to see dredging continue upsteam of Kingston. Fascinating stuff! Imagine how iconic such a bridge would be today. Two images of the proposal can be seen below.

Strathclyde Tram Proposals (1994-1996)

By Stuart Baird, June 14th 2019


In Podcast 12 we discuss the Strathclyde Tram project, a scheme developed by Strathclyde Transport in the early/mid-1990s. Below, you'll find a copy of the proposed route map as well as some promotional imagery.


The project was rejected in summer 1996 following an 8 week public inquiry before four parliamentary commissioners. Reasons for the rejection were never made clear, although there were many objections from private bus operators who feared their revenue would be affected. If you have any further info on the tram project please get in touch!

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