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Southholm Roundabout

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Southholm Roundabout
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Location
Erskine
County
Renfrewshire
Highway Authority
Renfrewshire
Junction Type
Roundabout
Roads Joined
A726

Southholm Roundabout is the southern of the three planned Grade Separated Junctions at Erskine. It is also by far the smallest, never having actually been constructed as planned. On the A726 to the north, the line of tall trees alongside the Park Mains estate gives away the proposed line of the southbound approach to the planned junction, the road as built just following the northbound carriageway. To the south, however, the modern Turnhill estate has taken over the land once reserved for the southern part of the junction. However, with no development to the west, it is still possible for a GSJ to be built here.

Of course, these splayed sliproads can only mean one thing - that the A726 was originally intended to be carried over the roundabout on a flyover. At the time of planning, the A726 was the main route to the Erskine Ferry, however with the coming of the motorway and Erskine Bridge in 1971, the route lost its strategic importance, and so the urgency of upgrading was lost. Even today, the junction is rarely busy enough to warrant any work.

The other two arms of the roundabout are the Old Greenock Road, replaced by the current line of the A8 in the 1800s. The eastern arm has been dualled and renamed Parkway as part of the development of Erskine, but to the west the old road survives, and leads ultimately to Bishopton and the A8, although while it is signed as such it is not necessarily the quickest route west from the roundabout.

Routes

Route To Notes

A726

Erskine Bridge (A898) Former A740

A726

Glasgow (M8), Airport, Paisley Former A740
Greenock, Bishopton (A8)
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Southholm Roundabout
A726 Junctions
 • Centreholm Roundabout  • Barholm Roundabout  • Red Smiddy Roundabout

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