NS5864 : West Street

taken 8 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

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West Street
West Street
The subway station is in the lower right corner. The M74 northern extension crosses West Street in the background.

See the same scene during construction of the motorway...
NS5864 : West Street March 2009
NS5864 : West Street June 2009
M74 Northern Extension :: NS5764

The M74 Northern Extension (or M74 Completion to give it its proper title) is the missing link in the Glasgow motorway system. There were plans in the 1960s for an Inner Ring Road around the city centre, but only the northern section (the current M8) was completed. Although following a different (longer) route than that planned in the 1960s, the new road will complete the ring of motorways around Glasgow - providing a city bypass route from the south east to the M77, Paisley, Glasgow Airport and all points west.

The mostly elevated five mile long route runs from Tollcross in the east to the Kingston Bridge in the west, passing through the south-eastern suburbs of Dalmarnock, Polmadie, Rutherglen and Govanhill before skirting The Gorbals. The 750 metre bridge over the three railway lines at Port Eglinton will be on a similar scale to the nearby Kingston Bridge over the River Clyde.

Much of the route is over derelict and contaminated industrial land and 12M of the 444M cost of the road will be spent in making disused mine workings safe.

The East End Regeneration Route road is also under construction and will link the new M74 to the M8 at the M80 junction in the north of the city. This will consist of upgrades to existing roads and also some new build roads.

Here is a LinkExternal link to the official Transport Scotland website which gives details of the road and its construction.

The Glasgow Subway

The Glasgow Subway opened in 1896 and is the third oldest underground railway in the world, predated by the London and Budapest systems.

It is a very simple system consisting of fifteen stations arranged in a 10.4Km loop around the centre and west side of the city. There are two lines; the Inner Circle and the Outer Circle which run in parallel tunnels through each of the stations. The lines run entirely under ground and pass under the Clyde twice.

The four foot gauge is very uncommon and is due to the small tunnel size. The trains themselves are also small, even toy-like when compared with those on major metro systems around the world.

Here is a Link to a geograph article which provides more information about the subway.

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Sunday, 2 March, 2014   (more nearby)
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Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5823 6414 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:50.9736N 4:15.9637W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5822 6411
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