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M77

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M77
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From:  Glasgow (NS562641)
To:  Fenwick, Ayrshire (NS458424)
Distance:  18 miles (29 km)
Meets:  M8, M74, A77, A726
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Transport Scotland

Traditional Counties

Ayrshire • Renfrewshire

Route outline (key)
M77 Glasgow - Fenwick
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
(M8 J22) (M8 West, A8, M74); M8 East Start of road
1 B768 B768
2 B762 B762
3 A726, A727 A726, A727
4 No exit B769
5 A77, A726 A77, A726
6 No exit A77
7 No exit B778
8 Start of road B7038, B7061; A77
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For detailed information about this topic, see Glasgow Motorway Archive and Roads.org.uk Motorway Database

The M77 is a motorway opened between 1981 and 2005 which connects Glasgow and the South-West of Scotland. Originally opened as a 1-mile spur of the M8, it has slowly grown in length until forming an 18-mile link towards Kilmarnock.

Route

M8-J1: The Original Stretch

Start of M77

The M77 starts at a modified semi-directional T, with branches starting and finishing at each of the four of the M8’s carriageway. Much of this section of the road consists of two lanes and no hard shoulder. This section is less than one mile and between 1977 and 1996 ended on a roundabout with the B768 but this junction is now a partial cloverleaf.

J1-J2: Pollock Park

This section is surprisingly rural for an urban motorway as it passes through Pollock Country Park, once the largest park in Europe completely surrounded by urban areas. This caused a great deal of controversy when the motorway being built in the 1990s.

J2-J3: Nitshill

Junction 2 was originally a parclo, identical to junction 1, however the construction of Silverburn Shopping Centre has lead to junction modifications and a completely unique layout. This section also caused controversy as it cut the Glaswegian neighbourhood of Nitshill in half.

J3-J5: Newton Mearns

Junction 3 is a unique layout. After junction 3, the southbound on-slip provides an extra lane producing the motorway’s only 3-lane section (the northbound carriageway remains D2M). This, however, only lasts for about one mile where the outside lane merges with the middle. Junction 4 is the first restricted interchange and is a semi-directional T. The section between J4 and J5 is the raison d’être of the entire J2-5 section. It provides a bypass of Newton Mearns, which in the 1990s was one of the Conservative government’s last remaining strongholds in Scotland.

J5-J8: Rural Stretch

Junction 5 is the motorway's only roundabout interchange. It links with the A726 or Glasgow Southern Orbital which provides access to East Kilbride and the M74 as well as a small link road to the A77 and Newton Mearns. J5-6 is quite hilly, while not to the standard of the A74(M) or the Cumbrian section of the M6 , it is quite nice for a commuter road. Junction 6 is a folded diamond with the A77, intended for access to the Irvine Valley. Kingswell services (see below) was intended to be located at this junction, however the restricted nature of the junction with north-facing slip roads only will mean a junction upgrade is necessary if the services are to be built. Junction 7 is another folded diamond with a southbound off-slip and a north-bound on-slip, these junctions are built to serve the village of Fenwick. Junction 8 follows Junction 7 after less than one mile. This is one of the weirdest terminal junctions on the motorway network with no on-slips in either direction, and off-slips in both directions.

Services

Kingswell services

Main Article: Kingswell services

Kingswell services are a proposed site on M77, that are marked as being open on some 2009 mapping. This is currently not the case, however!


Opening Dates

Dumbreck Road Connection 7th August 1981
Dumbreck to Newton Mearns 6th December 1996
Newton Mearns to Kilmarnock 27th April 2005


Links

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