Talk: The Glasgow Motorway Archive

Wednesday 29th January 2020 | 6-8pm | 54 Bell Street

Join us, as Stuart Baird of the Glasgow Motorway Archive tells the story of the history of Glasgow’s motorways and expressways, from the proposals in Robert Bruce’s “First Planning Report” of 1945 to the completion of the M74 project in 2011. We will unravel the mysteries of cancelled schemes, such as the controversial section of Inner Ring Road planned for High Street and Glasgow Green, and long forgotten proposals such as the Maryhill Motorway and Great Western Road Expressway.

The Archive comprises hundreds of maps, reports, plans, drawings and photographs, the majority of which have been out of the public eye for decades. Amongst the reports are copies of “A Highway Plan for Glasgow”, published in 1965. It proposed an extensive network of new roads and motorways and an inner ring road for the city centre. Its aim was to eliminate city centre congestion, cater for traffic growth until the 1990s, control on-street parking and allow for the pedestrianisation of the city’s main shopping streets.

The records provide a fascinating insight into what Glasgow’s road network might have been, with stunning visualisations, construction photos and physical models adding to the story. They are being made available to view for the very first time, with details on our digitisation and restoration processes also outlined.


Image: Glasgow Motorway Archive


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