NS4865 : Sign Gantry over the M8 at Arkleston Interchange

taken 5 months ago, near to Glasgow Airport, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

Sign Gantry over the M8 at Arkleston Interchange
Sign Gantry over the M8 at Arkleston Interchange
A typical “Glasgow-type” sign gantry approaching Junction 28 of the M8 near Glasgow Airport.

Gantries of this type were first erected as part of the construction of the Kingston Bridge and its approach roads in 1970 and they are now a familiar sight on the motorway network around Glasgow. They have the following distinctive elements:
• near and offside support legs (basically 2 rectangular hollow sections with base plates to allow connections to the foundations),
• a Main Frame (made up of rectangular hollow sections) - Over clad on the front and rear,
• a Sub Frame (made up of smaller hollow sections and welded to main frame),
• a Sign Face - acrylic sheets hung from the front of the sub frame over its full height,
• internal Electrics - sign lighting provided through the use of several dozen fluorescent battens.

More information on “Glasgow Style Gantries” at Archive LinkExternal link
(Glasgow’s Motorways, archived November 2014)
The M8 Motorway
The M8 motorway is one of the most significant roads in Scotland. Running for approximately 61 miles in length, the M8 connects Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and serves other large communities including Airdrie, Coatbridge, Greenock, Livingston and Paisley. Of national economic importance, it provides a vital connection between the east and west of Scotland and, until the recent completion of the M74 in 2011, was the only motorway connection across the City of Glasgow.

The M8 is the busiest motorway in Scotland and one of the busiest in the United Kingdom; some sections of the route are used by up to 180,000 vehicles per day making it one of the most used motorways in Europe. It is notorious for traffic jams, especially its Central Glasgow section.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 February, 2020
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Motorway (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 489 658 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6979N 4:24.9427W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 489 657
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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