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M74
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From:Glasgow (NS576643)
To:Abington, Lanarkshire (NS929246)
Length:32.5 miles (52.3 km)
Meets: M8, M77, M73, A725, A702, A74(M)
Highway Authorities

Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

Lanarkshire

Route outline (key)
M8 Outer Carriageways, Glasgow
M74 Glasgow - Abington
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
(M8 j22) M8, M77 Start of M8 Outer Carriageway
(M8 j21) No Exit M77 (via u-turn), Shields Road
1 (A8, M8) A8
1A A728 A728
2 A724 A724
2A A74 A74
3 A763 No Exit
3A No Exit (A74)
4 M73, A74 M73
Services symbol.gif Bothwell services
(Southbound Only)
5 A725 A725
Services symbol.gif Hamilton services
(Northbound Only)
6 A723 A723
7 No Exit A72
8 A71, B7078 A71, B7078
9 No Exit B7078
10 B7078 No Exit
11 No Exit B7078, (A70)
Services symbol.gif Happendon Services
(Between J11 & J12)
12 A70 No Exit
Services symbol.gif Abington services (At J13)
13 M74 Begins A702, B7078; A74(M)
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For detailed information about this topic, see CBRD Motorway Database

The M74 forms the northern section of the motorway running between Glasgow and Gretna, and hence the English border.

The last section of the M74 was opened on the evening of 28 June 2011, extending the motorway westwards along the south side of Glasgow, past the city centre and bypassing sections of the M8 and the Kingston Bridge.

Contents

Junctions

Abington Interchange

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Main Article: Abington Interchange

The Abington Interchange is where the A74(M) and M74 change numbers, and also forms the main access to Edinburgh from the motorway network. It was formerly a fork junction between A74 and A73. During the motorway construction in the early 1990s, the junction was rebuilt into the present layout.

Fullarton Road Interchange

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The Fullarton Road Interchange was the Glasgow terminus of the M74 for over 15 years until 2011. It was originally a flat roundabout, flared ready for the extension of the motorway. It is now a standard grade-separated roundabout junction. The roundabout, now J2A following completion of the M74 extension, was J1 of the M74, and links it to the only remaining section of A74.

Services

Happendon services

Cairn Lodge at Happendon Services.jpg
Main Article: Happendon services

Happendon is an unusual MSA, as it is actually bypassed by the motorway and is located on the B7078, the former A74. It is located between junctions 11 and 12, and traffic wishing to visit the services must exit at one junction, and rejoin the motorway at the next junction.

Bothwell services

Bothwell Services.jpg
Main Article: Bothwell services

Bothwell services serves only the southbound side of the M74, and is located between junctions 4 and 5. It is one of the oldest MSAs in Scotland, and one of the smallest.

Hamilton services

Travel Lodge at Hamilton Services - Geograph - 96543.jpg
Main Article: Hamilton services

Hamilton is a small run-down services that is only accessible from the northbound side of M74 between junction 5 and 6. The main building is not open 24 hours, although the fuel station (and small shop therein) is.

History

Glasgow Extension

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Futures

An extension to the M74 was completed in 2011 from the previous northern terminus to meet the M8 at Kingston, Glasgow, near the south end of the Kingston Bridge. The previous terminus, Fullarton Road Interchange, had been J1. To get round this problem, Junctions 1, 2 and 3 were renumbered 2A, 3, 3A, and the sequence of junctions numbers is now 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 4, 5, ... . For some reason the use of letters beyond A was avoided, otherwise only J1 need have been renumbered.

The extension ends on the outer carriageways of the M8, which continue to the M77 junction. Officially this will remain part of the M8, however they could be considered to be part of the M74.

Opening Dates

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Motorway Database: M74 Timeline


Links

CBRD

legislation.gov.uk

Roads UK

You Tube



M74
JunctionsAbington Interchange • Cambuslang Road Junction • Canderside Toll • Canderwater Interchange • Carmyle Avenue Interchange • Daldowie Interchange • Fullarton Road Interchange • Hamilton Interchange • Kingston Junction • Larkhall Interchange • M74 J9 • Maryville Interchange • Millbank Interchange • Paddys Rickle Bridge • Polmadie Road Junction • Poniel Interchange • Raith Interchange • Seaward Street Interchange • Wellburn Interchange
ServicesAbington services • Bothwell services • Hamilton services • Happendon services
CrossingsArchenshuggle Bridge
RoadsE05 • E33 (London - Glasgow)
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