TALK - Glasgow Motorway Archive
The Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow, G3 7DN
Join us, as we tell 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.
Thurs 19th, 6:30pm & Sat 21st, 3pm; 60 mins
Booking is required - opens 1st September at 10am.
Limited availability on a first come first served basis on the day.
Accessibility: Fully accessible. Lifts & Ramps.
Facilities: Toilets, Wheelchair accessible toilets, Hearing Loops, Baby Changing, Café, Cloakroom.
Nearest Train/Subway: Charing Cross, Anderston
Parking: Charing Cross Multi-Storey, located on Elmbank Crescent. Disabled parking on Granville Street. Limited, metered on-street parking available.