The Glasgow Motorway Archive preserves, restores & shares records associated with the history & construction of the motorways & major trunk roads of Glasgow.
Construction of the motorway system was a considerable engineering achievement which transformed travel across the city. Today, Glasgow has more miles of urban motorway than any other UK city.
The motorway system is a significant part of the city's post war civil engineering heritage.
The Glasgow Inner Ring Road was planned as an urban motorway route around the city centre. Only the north and west flanks were constructed, and today these carry the M8 motorway through the city.
The story of Glasgow’s motorways can be traced back to the 1940s. The History section provides background on the planning & development of the motorway system, & includes a timeline of important dates.
The Glasgow motorway system is made up of a number of major routes, including the M73, M74, M77, M8, M80 & M898.
This index provides links to our articles on each route.
For further information on the history of Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners, and specifically on Scott Wilson in Scotland, we recommend Jim McCafferty's excellent website on the subject. Click below for more.
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In 1984, work commenced on an extension of the M74 from Draffan to Millbank. Built in two phases across three construction contracts, the new motorway bypassed Lesmahagow and the old A74.
The film charts construction of the section located between J10 (Wellburn/Lesmahagow) and J11 (Poniel), famous for its concrete surface.
Part 1 focuses on construction operations and Part 2 shows the entire opening ceremony from October 1986.