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Paisley

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Paisley
Pàislig
Location Map ( geo)
Paisley from Saucel Hill - Geograph - 2514689.jpg
Looking over Paisley towards the M8 White Cart Viaduct
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County
Renfrewshire
Highway Authority
Renfrewshire
Forward Destination on
M8, A737
Next Primary Destinations
Erskine Bridge • Glasgow • Greenock • Irvine
Other Nearby Primary Destinations
East Kilbride

Paisley is a large town, and Primary Destination, west of Glasgow. It is the largest town in the historic county of Renfrewshire, although the urban area is now contiguous with that of Glasgow, and indeed the old county town of Renfrew to the north. Glasgow Airport is sited to the north of the town, on the other side of the M8 motorway, whilst the new town of Linwood lies to the west, the former factory sites now largely redeveloped as industrial estates and retail parks. The town has an industrial heritage, although the Abbey next to the Town Hall points to an older and more varied history.

With the M8 now snaking its way westwards along the northern edge of Paisley, and the A737 dual carriageway passing to the west, a lot of the through traffic has been removed from the town. It is still a busy place though, with the A726 and A761 passing through and the A741 terminating. The inner ring road around the town centre has left a pleasant shopping centre within, but the northern side is an awkward one way system past the station, the eastern flank a mere B road, and the whole lot hampered by traffic signals and at grade junctions.

To the south of the centre, the B774 and the B775 stretch out through the suburbs and into the open country beyond, although the former soon reaches Barrhead. The A726 once formed a southern bypass to Glasgow, but as the urban area expanded, it got absorbed, chopped about and the section left in Paisley is now just another urban arterial, stretching past Barrhead to the M77. It is yet to see the upgrades and re-routing of the eastern section, which now forms part of the Glasgow Southern Orbital.

Routes

Route To Notes

M8

Greenock, Erskine Bridge (M898)

M8

Glasgow

A737

Irvine (A78), Kilbarchan, Johnstone

A726

Erskine

A726

East Kilbride, Harlet

A741

Renfrew

A761

Bridge of Weir, Linwood

A761

Glasgow

B771

Barrhead, Cross Stobs

B774

Glenburn

B775

Lugton

B789

Elderslie, Johnstone

B7050

short link between B775 and A761

A740

Erskine now A726

B772

link south of town centre, line roughly where A761 is now

B773

short link near Abbey

B789

Bridge of Weir now A761

A8(M)

Greenock now M8

A8(M)

Glasgow now M8

Johnstone
M'way

Irvine, Johnstone

Paisley -
Hamilton
M'way

Hamilton (M74), Kilmarnock (M77), East Kilbride



Paisley
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Glasgow Highway Plans circa 1965 - Coppermine - 4812.jpgGlasgow Highway Plans circa 1965 - Coppermine - 4811.jpgNational Cycle Network Route 7 (C) Thomas Nugent - Geograph - 2393044.jpgUnderwood Road, Paisley - Geograph - 3612993.jpgPaisley from Saucel Hill - Geograph - 2514689.jpg
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