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A8
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From:Edinburgh (NT258740)
To:Greenock (NS280763)
Via:Glasgow
Length:68.8 miles (110.7 km)
Meets: A1, A7, A720, M9, M8,
A725, M73, A77, A739
Primary Destinations
Edinburgh • Glasgow • Greenock
Highway Authorities

Transport Scotland  • Edinburgh  • Glasgow  • Renfrewshire

Traditional Counties

Mid Lothian  • West Lothian  • Lanarkshire  • Renfrewshire

Route outline (key)
A8 Edinburgh - Newbridge
A8 Newbridge - Newhouse
A8 Newhouse - Baillieston
A8 Baillieston - Bishopton
A8 Bishopton - Greenock
A8 Greenock - Gourock

Contents

Route

Shieldhall Looking West in 2007
Main Article: A8 route

In the beginning, the A8 connected the two principal cities of Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Its motorway replacement has emerged piecemeal since the 1970s, but hasn’t yet completed the job so the A-road still forms a crucial six-mile section of the intercity route. Furthermore, it’s still one of the main roads in and out of the centres of each of those two historic cities, notwithstanding the westward connection to Greenock. It’s a misnomer to consider the A8 as a through route in its own right any more, consisting as it does of two separate major urban through routes and two (formerly three) separate trunk roads with a thirty-mile gap in the middle that has been downgraded in a number of guises.


History

The A8 in Glasgow in 1967
Main Article: A8 history

The A8 is the main road of Scotland's Central Belt until the M8 was built. Most of the Eastern section was taken over by the M8 while much of the Port Glasgow-Greenock section has been upgraded. The section to Gournock is now numbered A770.


Notable locations and improvements

Newbridge Roundabout

M9 view of the interchange
Main Article: Newbridge Roundabout

The Newbridge Roundabout is where the A8 meets the M9 motorway. This marks the end of the A8 in Edinburgh as the A89 takes over much of its route. It was originally an at-grade roundabout with the M8 ending there too. It is now Junction 1 of the M9.

Baillieston Interchange

Baillieston Interchange from the East

The Baillieston Interchange is the major junction in Scotland. First built in the 1970's for the M73. Later the M8 opened and the A8 lost the mainline to the west. Today it is where the A8 loses it trunk status.

Victoria Bridge

Victoria Bridge in Winter

Victoria Bridge is one of the Bridges the A8 crosses in Glasgow. The other is called the Albert Bridge. Together they allow the A8 to cross the River Clyde.

Opening Dates

Month Year Section Notes
2005 Newhouse Junction to Baillieston Interchange Pre-motorway upgrade.
1985 Shorting A8 shorten in Greenock.
1972 Baillieston Interchange New Interchange with M73.
1965 Newhouse Junction Upgrade to Motorway.
1854 Victoria Bridge Bridge to Cross River Clyde.

Links

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A8
JunctionsAirport Junction • Baillieston Interchange • Bargeddie Junction • Chapelhall Junction • Eurocentral Junction • Glasgow Cross • Gogar Roundabout • Gorbals Crossroads • Haymarket • Hillington Interchange • Kingston Junction • Langbank Roundabout • Maybury Junction • Newark Roundabout • Newbridge Junction • Newhouse Junction • Shandwick Junction • Shawhead Junction • Southbar Interchange • West Ferry Interchange • Woodhall Roundabout
CrossingsAlbert Bridge (Glasgow) • Victoria Bridge (Glasgow)
RoadsA8(M) (Renfrewshire) • E05 • E100 • E31 (via Newcastle) • T27 (Britain) • T91 (Britain)
MiscellaneousA8/History • A8/Named Junctions
Related Pictures
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- Coppermine - 18311.jpgCastle St. A8 - Coppermine - 14664.jpgGlasgow Highway Plans circa 1965 - Coppermine - 4815.jpgOriginal A8 alignment, west of Whitburn looking west - Coppermine - 14196.JPGStub of old A8, Langbank - Coppermine - 15032.JPG
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