The Glasgow Motorway Archive is the largest collection of privately held transportation records in Scotland. A volunteer association, it preserves records associated with the history & construction of the city's post war roads system.
Glasgow has more miles of urban motorway than any other UK city, and its motorways are a significant part of the city's post war engineering heritage.
Explore the archive and the history of Glasgow's infrastructure by clicking the subject headers below. A new website is currently in development and will launch in late 2020.
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.
The Glasgow Motorway Archive seeks to provide a comprehensive and factually accurate historical resource. To find out who we are, and why we are here, be sure to check out the About Us page!
On June 26th 2020, the Kingston Bridge celebrates its 50th anniversary. In celebration we have launched a series of new articles chronicling the history of the bridge and the Glasgow Inner Ring Road.
Click HERE to read more