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Auchenkilns Junction

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Auchenkilns Junction
Location Map ( geo)
Junction 5 M80 east - Geograph - 2957712.jpg
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Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Junction Type
Roads Joined
M80, A73, B8048
Junctions related to the B8048
This article is about the current junction 5 of the M80.
For the former (until 2011) junction 5 of the M80, see Bankhead Interchange

Auchenkilns Junction (junction 5 of the M80) is a dumbbell junction at which the M80 meets the A73 and B8048 near Cumbernauld in the detached part of Dunbartonshire. Its present layout was completed in November 2005 and was little changed by the subsequent upgrade of the A80 to become the M80, completed in 2011.

From the mid 1950s until 2005 the junction was an at-grade roundabout and one of the most notorious junctions in Scotland for delays and accidents. The roundabout was located some distance to the SW of the present bridge, near where the slip roads now diverge from the M80 mainline; the A73 was then straight.

Earlier there was a crossroads at the site, with the B8048 turning off the A80 to the north and a minor road to the south. The diversion of the A73 to this site was a result of the construction of Cumbernauld New Town.

The Glasgow Highway Development Plan would have made this junction a 3-level roundabout between the Stirling motorway and the Hamilton - Cumbernauld Motorway to the south and Campsie Expressway to the east.

A feature of this junction are the expansion joints on the northern side of the junction. The road is on a Concrete raft to cross a peat bog which caused considerable issues when the junction was being constructed.

Strip maps


Route To Notes


Stirling, Kincardine Bridge (M876)


Glasgow, (M8), Carlisle (M73)




Kirkintilloch, Kilsyth, Cumbernauld


Stirling (M80), Kincardine Bridge (M876)


Glasgow, (M8), Carlisle (M73)


Carlisle (M74), Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge
Kirkintilloch, Milngavie, Erskine Bridge

Auchenkilns Junction
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A80 Upgrade - Coppermine - 23143.jpgA80 Upgrade Cumbernauld - Coppermine - 23610.jpgJunction 5 M80 east - Geograph - 2957712.jpg
Other nearby junctions
Junctions on the M73, M80 and M876
M73Maryville • 2 Baillieston • 2A Gartcosh • 3 Mollinsburn
M80Provan • 2 Robroyston • 3 Hornshill • 4 Mollinsburn • 4A Low Wood • 5 Auchenkilns • 6 Old Inns • 6A Castlecary • 7 Haggs • 8 Bankhead • 9 Pirnhall
M876M80 (8) Bankhead • 1 Checkbar • 2 Glenbervie • M9 (8) (Hill of) Kinnaird • M9 (7) Kinnaird House • 3 Bowtrees
Junctions on the A73
Auchenkilns Junction  • Rawyards Roundabout  • Terminus Roundabout  • Newhouse Junction  • Newhouse Roundabout (Lanarkshire) • Newmains Roundabout  • Jet Garage Fork • Bogside Roundabout • Carluke Junction • Kirkfield Bank Brae • Hope Street • High Street (Lanark) • Ladyacre Road • Hyndford Bridge North • Hyndford Bridge • St John's Kirk • Duneatonfoot

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