Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.pngStar grey.png

Bullring Roundabout

From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bullring Roundabout
Location Map ( geo)
A8 A78 A770 Greenock Municipal Buildings - Geograph - 5248752.jpg
Looking south across the roundabout and car park from Container Way
Cameraicon.png View gallery (2)
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Junction Type
Roads Joined
A8, A78, A770
Junctions related to the A770
This article is about the junction called Bullring at the end of the A8 in Greenock.
For other junctions with similar name, see Bull Ring

The Bullring Roundabout is a large roundabout in central Greenock. It marks the western end of the A8 and the northern end of the A78 (and the E05), as well as the eastern end of the A770. The A8 has travelled west from Glasgow, and used to continue further west to end at the ferry pier at Gourock, but was foreshortened when the A78 was rerouted away from the coast road onto its present route. The A770 came into being at the same time.

Much of Greenock's old town centre, and the waterfront, has been redeveloped over the last century, so the current junction is entirely new. The line of the A8 - A770 is the older of the roads, having superseded the old line (West Blackhall Street and Cathcart Street) by 1960. The A8 to the east has since been widened to a dual carriagway. The A78 to the south runs through where buildings once stood and whilst it previously met the A8 at the junction of High Street and Cathcart Street, it was later extended along Cathcart Street to meet the A8 to the east. At the time, the road was the A742.

The roundabout is now a four arm junction, the fourth arm being the unclassified road, Container Way. This provides access to Ocean Terminal, where cruise ships call, the retail park and other waterfront developments. In the middle of the roundabout is a car park at a slightly lower level, accessed by an entrance under the western side of the roundabout, which connects to the A770.

Redevelopment Proposal

In 2023 Inverclyde Council received levelling up funding to help redevelop parts of Greenock Town Centre. Part of the proposal includes the removal of the Bullring Roundabout, and its replacement with a flat, signalised crossroads at the junction of the A8 and A78 towards the south west of the current roundabout. The access to Container Way would be the northern arm of the new junction. The current flyover on the A78, which carries it over part of the shopping centre, would also be removed, bringing the road down to ground level, apparently to help 'reconnect' the town centre, and provide easier access. How a busy three lane road passing through the town centre on the level will improve pedestrian or traffic flows remains to be seen.


Route To Notes


(M8), Glasgow Airport, Paisley, Erskine Bridge (M898), Port Glasgow, Parking


Irvine, Largs, Wemyss Bay 8, Isle of Bute Ferry, Inverkip 6, I.R. Hospital 2 former A742


Gourock, Dunoon Ferry, Clyde - Argyll Ferry former A8
Ocean Terminal, Waterfront, Custom House Quay


Bullring Roundabout
Related Pictures
View gallery (2)
A8 A78 A770 Bullring car park access - Geograph - 852291.jpgA8 A78 A770 Greenock Municipal Buildings - Geograph - 5248752.jpg
Junctions on the A8
West End • Drumbrae Junction • Maybury Junction • Gogar Roundabout • Airport Junction • Newbridge Roundabout • Newhouse Junction • Chapelhall Junction • Eurocentral Junction • Shawhead Junction • Bargeddie Junction • Baillieston Interchange • Swinton Roundabout • Glasgow Cross • Gorbals Crossroads • Seaward Street Interchange • Shieldhall Roundabout • Red Smiddy Roundabout • Barrangary Roundabout • Chestnut Roundabout • West Ferry Interchange • Langbank Roundabout • Woodhall Roundabout • Newark Roundabout • Comet Roundabout • Kingston Roundabout • Glen Roundabout • Cartsdyke Roundabout • Bullring Roundabout
Junctions on the A78
Greenock • Bankfoot Roundabout  • Largs Roundabout  • Gogo Roundabout  • Southannan Roundabout  • Hunterston Roundabout  • Portencross Crossroads  • Montfode Roundabout  • Chapelhill Roundabout  • Sharphill Roundabout
 • Pennyburn Roundabout  • Eglinton Interchange  • Warrix Interchange  • Newhouse Interchange  • Meadowhead Roundabout  • Dundonald Interchange  • Monktonhead Roundabout  • Dutch House Roundabout

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help