Charing Cross (Glasgow)
|Transport Scotland (SWTRU)|
|M8, A82, A804, A814|
|Junctions related to the Glasgow Inner Ring Road|
|Anderston Interchange • Dobbies Loan • Port Dundas Interchange • Townhead Interchange • West Street Interchange|
|Junctions related to the A804|
|Anderston Interchange • Cowcaddens • Dobbies Loan • Townhead Interchange|
|Junctions related to the A814|
|Anderston Interchange • Arrochar • Dumbarton Fork • Dunglass Roundabout • Faslane Roundabout • Ferry Road Junction • Finnieston Street Junction • Gavinburn Switch • Glasgow Central • Whistlefield Roundabout • Whiteinch Interchange|
Charing Cross is junction 17 of the M8. It is also junction 18 heading west.
If you have survived the terrors of the Townhead Interchange at J15 on the M8, then you stand a chance of getting through the mass of sliproads around Charing Cross. This junction also owes its insane design to the planners of the Glasgow Inner Ring Road, although this time those offside slips head in opposite directions. The Westbound offslip gives access to the southbound A804, which has shadowed the motorway from Townhead, while the Eastbound onslip brings traffic from the A82. Westbound M8 traffic wishing to proceed to the A82 has to Give way at traffic lights to make a right turn!
Supposedly, this jumble of sliproads is made easier by the presence of two junction numbers - 17 and 18. However, in practice the signage isn't particularly clear and as you head west the traditional nearside slip is 17, and the offside slip 100yds further on is 18. Eastbound there is only one off slip, and that departs in the middle of the tunnel! This provides access to both the A804 and A82.
At one point, there are a total of 17 traffic lanes and 4 hard shoulders running more-or-less parallel. From west to east, there is the S4 A804; HS and splitting M8 offslip; 2 lanes of Northbound onslip; D2M M8; one lane of Southbound onslip and HS (Retaining wall and grass); 2/3 lanes of M8/A82 to A804 slips and finally the S2 Buccleuch Street.
You may be forgiven for thinking that that is it, but as we continue westbound (albeit heading south until we cross the Kingston Bridge, we quickly reach J19, Anderston. Again this is a chaotic tangle of sliproads and it is difficult to tell where the Charing Cross Junction stops and Anderston starts.
|Glasgow Airport, Greenock|