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Anderston Interchange

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Anderston Interchange
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M8 Kingston Bridge Eastbound - Coppermine - 7667.jpg
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Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Junction Type
Roads Joined
M8, A804, A814
Junctions related to the A804
Junctions related to the A814
Junctions related to the Glasgow Inner Ring Road

Anderston Interchange is junction 19 of the M8. It is also junction 18 heading east.

Designed to disperse traffic coming off/funnel traffic onto the Kingston Bridge, this junction is a tangle of slip roads. Indeed, there are so many slips on this section of the M8 that it is difficult to tell where the Anderston junction stops and Charing Cross starts.

As we head westbound (albeit southwards at this point), there is only one offslip, connecting to the A804 shortly before its junction with the A814. The corresponding onslip for Eastbound traffic is a little further north, and frequently missed from maps.

If you are travelling eastbound on the M8, and have just crossed the Kingston Bridge, life is a little easier. You will either be in the quasi-motorway segregated lanes, which means that you MUST leave the M8 and either head west on the A814 Clydeside Expressway, or join the main M8 offslips. So, if you are on the motorway proper, you can turn off and join the A804 heading North, or continue round to the unclassified one-way Bothwell Street heading into the city centre.

Again as we pass through Anderston, as with Charing Cross there are an insane number of traffic lanes and hard shoulders running roughly parallel. From west to east, 2 lanes of Northbound A804 (at a lower level); 3 lanes of slips leaving the Kingston Bridge; D2 (no HS) M8; 3 lanes of southbound M8 offslip (dipping); 1/2 lane M8 onslip (rising); 2 lanes A804 (lower level); 1 lane and HS M8 onslip, making another 17 lanes but with only one hard shoulder this time! There are also additional slips running under the M8, but that is just getting too complicated.

Above it all, the A814 slip onto the Kingston Bridge sails over the top just a short distance to the south, and to the north is the mysterious footbridge which was installed as part of a planned aerial pedestrian walkway when the M8 was built. At one end it stops in mid air, at the other the spiral ramp is caged in with security fencing, devoid of railings, and stops short of the ground. It is only now that plans to complete the link look like coming to fruition!

The junction is named after the part of Glasgow it is situated within; which itself is, according to Glasgow History named after Mr. Anderson of Stobcross, the village being formed on the eastern portion of his estate.


Route To Notes


Stirling, Carlisle & Edinburgh


Kilmarnock & Greenock, Glasgow Airport


Aberfoyle (A81), Anderston, Charing Cross


City Centre (S & E), SECC (East), South car parks


Dumbarton, Clydebank, Clyde Tunnel, SECC (West)


City Centre, Rutherglen (A730)
City Centre

Anderston Interchange
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Earlier Proposal - Coppermine - 21334.jpgM8 Kingston Bridge Eastbound - Coppermine - 7667.jpg1960sGlasgow.JPGM8 motorway 1971.jpgM8 Anderston - nighttime aerial.jpg
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