Sketch of the ring road.

Take a look at Glasgow's abandoned M8 inner ring road - in pictures

Have you ever wondered what the unfinished sections of the M8 were originally for?

Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 10:04 am

The M8 was Glasgow' s most ambitious engineering project since the introduction of the railways, cutting the city in two and providing a vital link between east and west, but parts of it never came to fruition.

The history of the M8 can be traced back to the Bruce Report of 1945 which envisaged a rationally-planned, modern utopia encircled by a ring of dual carriageways and arterial roads splaying outwards from all four corners of the inner city.

Much of the report - including the wholesale destruction of Glasgow city centre - was ultimately shelved, but subsequent planning dossiers brought the road proposals back to life.

Here we take a look at one particular part of the M8 that was planned, and in some areas started, but never finished – the inner ring road.

A version of this article first appeared in our sister title, The Scotsman.

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