Kingston Bridge - J15 119111
Start: Edinburgh (A720)
Finish: Bishopton (A8)
Length: 61 Miles
This is the timeline of the M8 build.
|1967||J5-6||Harthill - Newhouse|
|1968||J15-16||Glasgow IRR, Townhead Section|
|1969||J3-4||Dechmont - Whitburn|
|1970||J29-30||Bishopton Bypass Stage I|
|1970||J19-20||Glasgow IRR, Kingston Bridge Section|
|1971||J2-3||Newbridge - Dechmont|
|1971||J16-17||Glasgow IRR, Woodside Section|
|1972||J18-19||Glasgow IRR, Charing Cross Section|
|1972||J17-18||Glasgow IRR, Woodside - Charing Cross|
|1975||J12-15||Monkland Motorway Stage I|
|1975||J30-31||Bishopton Bypass Stage II|
|1979||J11-12||Monkland Motorway Stage IIa|
|1980||J8-9||Ballieston - Glasgow City Boundary|
|1980||J8-11||Monkland Motorway Stage IIb|
|1995||J1-2||Edinburgh City Bypass – Newbridge|
The M8 connects Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh and is 61 miles long – excluding a six-mile (10 km) gap between Baillieston and Newhouse.
The M8 was designed to replace the A8 road as a high-capacity alternative for intercity travel and was constructed to bypass towns, the first being the Harthill Bypass which was constructed in 1965. This was followed by the Renfrew Bypass in 1968, it was opened as the A8(M), but became part of the M8 when the motorway to the west was connected.
Between 1968 and 1972 the Glasgow inner city section was constructed using a scheme outlined in the Bruce Report. This was a report authored by Robert Bruce who was the Glasgow Corporation Engineer at the time. The Glasgow Corporation was the former local authority area for the city and published two reports for the regeneration of the City of Glasgow as the Second World War was ending.
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