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Raith Interchange

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Raith Interchange
Location Map ( geo)
M74 north of Junction 5 (Raith Interchange) - Geograph - 1617923.jpg
The Interchange looking south.
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Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Junction Type
Three Level Stacked Roundabout Interchange
Roads Joined
M74, A725
Junctions related to the A725

The Raith Interchange was opened in 1968 as junction 5 on the M74. When the junction numbering was reversed in 1986 (see M74 and A74(M) History) each junction n became 10-n, so Raith's number remained the same.

It originally served the A725 to the east and the B7012 to the west. As East Kilbride grew, the B7012 was consumed into the A725.

Alternative layouts from 2005

In the early 2000s proposals were made to improve capacity at the junction. In 2005 three options were put forward all of which eliminated the smaller at-grade roundabout which was adjacent to the south-west of the main junction. Two of these had the A725 passing to the north of the junction with a loop allowing traffic from the north to the west to bypass the roundabout. These two options were rejected and the chosen design was for the A725 to be placed in a cutting under both the roundabout and the M74 mainline and realigning the west side of the roundabout westward. This opened to traffic in 2017.

1956 OS 1:25k map of the area

The junction was named after what appears to be a farm, visible on earlier mapping of the area, and was approximately located underneath where the northbound exit slip road from the M74 now is. There is no connection with the football team Raith Rovers, which is based in Kirkcaldy and named after an area in Fife.


Route To Notes


Glasgow, Stirling (M73)


Carlisle (A74)


Hamilton, Uddingston (B7071), E. Kilbride


Bellshill (B7070), Coatbridge, Edinburgh (A8)
Strathclyde Park


Raith Interchange
Related Pictures
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M74 north of Junction 5 (Raith Interchange) - Geograph - 1617923.jpgRaith Interchange 2005 rejected options.png
Junctions on the M74 & A74(M)
M74M8 (22) Plantation Road • M8 (21) Seaward Street • 1 Kingston • 1A Polmadie Road • 2 Cambuslang Road • 2A Fullarton Road • 3 Carmyle Avenue • 3A Daldowie • 4 Maryville • 5 Raith • 6 Hamilton • 7 Larkhall • 8 Canderside Toll • Draffan • 9 Junction 9 • 10 Wellburn • 11 Poniel • 12 Millbank • 13 Abington
A74(M)13 Abington • 14 (North) Crawford • 14 (South) Elvanfoot • 15 Beattock • 16 Johnstonebridge • 17 Lockerbie North • 18 Lockerbie South • 19 Ecclefechan • 20 Eaglesfield • 21 Kirkpatrick Fleming • 22 Gretna • M6 (45) Guards Mill

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