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A8

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

Transport Scotland • Edinburgh  • Glasgow  • Renfrewshire

Traditional Counties

Lanarkshire • Midlothian • Renfrewshire • West Lothian

Route outline (key)
A8 Edinburgh - Newbridge
A8 Newbridge - Newhouse
A8 Newhouse - Baillieston
A8 Baillieston - Bishopton
A8 Bishopton - Greenock
A8 Greenock - Gourock
This article is about the primary road in Scotland.
For the similarly numbered road in Northern Ireland, see A8 (Northern Ireland)
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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, with the latest section (J6 Newhouse -J8 Baillieston) opening in April 2017, with the A8 designation being 'kept' by the old road as a local access road (LAR) between these two junctions. The motorway was largely offline, but through Eurocentral junction took the A8 mainline, necessitating construction of new carriageways for the LAR.

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 was 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
Main Article: Baillieston Interchange

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.

Victoria Bridge

Victoria Bridge in Winter
Main Article: Victoria Bridge (Glasgow)

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
2017 Newhouse Junction to Baillieston Interchange New LAR opened.
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

Roads.org.uk

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