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M74 Completion

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James H

M74 link hits new barrier

ANOTHER delay to the completion of the M74's missing link in Glasgow was
expected to be announced today by Finance Secretary John Swinney.

He was due to deliver the SNP's first Scottish Parliament budget and the
proposed motorway section was certain to be a casualty, with the blame
being put on a tighter spending round.

After persistent legal challenges from green groups, work on the stretch of
road was supposed to have started last year with a completion date of
September 2010.

That was delayed further by the courts and, after today's news, it's now
expected the date for completion will be in 2012 or even later.

The tendering process closed last Friday and, going by the previous
timetable, 2012 would be the earliest the road would be finished.


The £500million link from Fullarton Road in the city's East End to the M8
west of the Kingston Bridge is expected to create thousands of jobs and
regenerate some of Glasgow's poorest areas.

How does ploughing a road through a run-down area improve it?

James H

The only way I can think of it helping is that businesses like to be as close as possible to the motorway network and business parks will spring up at every junction so bringing jobs to the area.

In reality the businesses will be tempted by reduced rents to the new developments and move from their existing premises elsewhere and no new jobs will be created.
Alex Glass

You just have to look at the transformation that has taken place in Pollok following the opening of the M77.

Sainsbury's were first to locate to the area. B&Q then moved closer to the motorway and built a larger facility. Silverburn which was originally intended to be a revamp of the old centre together with some new build at a total cost of £50 million became a £500 million transformation of the whole site.

Many new houses have been built within the area.

The location of the motorway was one of the main reasons why Glasgow Museum's Resource Centre was built in Nitshill and with phase 2 now almost complete there is talk of phase 3 being planned.

All this on the back of a motorway through a deprived community has went a long way to regenerating Pollok.

we need another walk soon. Maybe a day over Christmas and new year

Insert Name Here wrote:
we need another walk soon. Maybe a day over Christmas and new year

Aye, well said.
wee minx

Alex Glass wrote:

All this on the back of a motorway through a deprived community has went a long way to regenerating Pollok.

Very true Alex, I was living there when it was all starting, a huge transformation all over Pollok, including South Nitshill, Nitshill, Darnley, Preisthill...And the more new housing and shopping centres are built, the more work will be put into cleaning up the surrounding environment.
Areas will soon be unrecognisable as what they once area once so full of Council Housing now seething with privately owned houses......not really sure how I feel about that.

wee minx wrote:
Alex Glass wrote:

All this on the back of a motorway through a deprived community has went a long way to regenerating Pollok.

Very true Alex, I was living there when it was all starting, a huge transformation all over Pollok, including South Nitshill, Nitshill, Darnley, Preisthill...And the more new housing and shopping centres are built, the more work will be put into cleaning up the surrounding environment.
Areas will soon be unrecognisable as what they once area once so full of Council Housing now seething with privately owned houses......not really sure how I feel about that.

Try buying a house in Pollok now for less than £100,000
Alex Glass

There are plenty of houses under £100,000 Scary. You just have to know were to look.

Not only has there been an increase in the number of private houses the old rented houses are being modernised. There is still lots of areas that need more investment but I think there is now pressure to have this done more that at anytime in the past.

M74 link will be completed says Salmond

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has given a firm guarantee the missing M74 link
will be completed.

But he wouldn't say when.

Challenged by Shettleston MSP Frank McAveety at First Minister's Questions
over whether the Government remained committed to the project, Mr Salmond
gave a one-word answer: "Yes."

Mr McAveety said completing the motorway was the most important infrastructure
project for Scotland over the next 10 years "not just for economic growth" and, using
Mr Salmond's own words, to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
"the best ever."

And he warned it was too important to be left to "closed-doors" negotiations
with the SNP's two Green Party allies at Holyrood. They oppose the project.

Mr McAveety challenged the First Minister to show his commitment by having the
contract for it signed within the next 90 days.

He told Mr Salmond: "Unlike other developments this is a project made in Scotland,
to be constructed for Scotland for the benefit of Scotland."

James H

East End Regeneration Route, joining the M8 to the M74

James H


>>> Route Image <<<

James H

Weird seeing that bridge near Eglinton Toll  

glasgowken wrote:
Weird seeing that bridge near Eglinton Toll  

Nah whats really weird is it must be linked to the chunnel...
Look whats in "POLE" position on the last image above.... lmao
No uk registration there ....just a Gdansk one...

Never knew they were linking both the m8 and the new extension via a route in the east end ....
The stuff you learn in here...

He's lost  
Len Scaps

cybers wrote:
glasgowken wrote:
Weird seeing that bridge near Eglinton Toll  

Nah whats really weird is it must be linked to the chunnel...
Look whats in "POLE" position on the last image above.... lmao
No uk registration there ....just a Gdansk one...

The Polish plate is perfectly plausible particularily if he previously parked in Paisley.....

Actually I think it may be a German plate anyway.

Greens blasted over M74 delay bid

A BID to delay Glasgow's M74 extension was today condemned by city council
leader Steven Purcell.

The Green Party is backing a legal challenge to the motorway extension
brought by a mystery city resident.

Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said he supported the complaint to the European Commission.

The complaint attacks the bidding process to build the missing link, saying
it contravenes a directive to ensure competition and drive down prices for
public work.

Mr Harvie said: "There were originally two bids which were in competition
and they merged to become one bid.

"That means there's a lack of competition, making it impossible to ensure
best value for money."

Mr Harvie claimed the £500million project would cause social and
environmental harm.

But city council leader Mr Purcell said the link was vital to the regeneration
of the East End.

He said: "It would be economic madness not to go ahead with the
completion of the M74, which is already 36 years' overdue.

"Our legal advice is that the tendering process is both fair and legal."

James H

M74 link delayed

WORK to complete the M74 motorway has hit a further snag after a crucial
decision on the missing link was put back again.

A final price for the project was due to be set this week - but government
officials are unable to agree on a funding level.

They have asked for a month's extension before coming up with a figure.

The Scottish Government has made a commitment to have the road completed
in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

James H

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James H
Alex Glass

Tried both links James and it came back "Page not found".

Missing link gets go-ahead

THE go-ahead to complete the missing link of the M74 has finally been given.

After years of delays and wrangling, Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson
announced today the contract had been agreed.

Work is expected to start in May and be completed by the end of 2011.

Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell said it was "tremendous news for jobs,
for commuters and for the 2014 Commonwealth Games".

The deal was reached after a fixed price was agreed of £445million, plus an
allowance of £12m for the possible treatment of mine workings on the route.

All the work will be carried out by the sole bidder for the project, Interlink M74, a
joint venture involving Morgan Est, Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction and Sir
Robert McAlpine.

The five-mile route will run from Fullarton junction, near Carmyle, to the M8 just
west of the Kingston Bridge. It will pass over some of the most contaminated and
polluted parts of Scotland and will help transform urban wasteland into business
and residential areas.

Completion of the route will significantly reduce congestion on the busiest stretch of
the M8 through Glasgow and provide a major economic boost to west Scotland.

The south and east of Glasgow, Rutherglen and Cambuslang will all benefit.

James H

Subway car park axed to build M74 missing link

A KEY park-and-ride site for drivers heading into Glasgow will be axed this weekend - to
allow work to start on the M74 missing link.

Transport bosses today announced West Street's 74-space car park will close
tomorrow night as part of the advance phase of the £650million project.

The Evening Times exclusively revealed yesterday that contractors will start
building the vital route in May and the work is scheduled for completion by 2011.

More than 18,000 drivers used the facilities at West Street last year but the gates
will permanently shut at 11.30pm tomorrow.

Glasgow City Council acquired the site through a compulsory purchase order and
the greenlight for the motorway extension has led to its immediate closure.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport said: "We apologise
to users of the car park for the short notice and inconvenience - this was a matter
beyond our control.

"Alternative park and ride facilities are available at Shields Road, Bridge Street
and Kelvinbridge Subway stations."

It's emerged the tender bid by the Interlink M74 consortium is a fixed price of around
£445m, plus an allowance for around £12m for possible mine workings' treatment,
on top of £200m spent.

The five-mile route is expected to become one of Britain's most expensive
roads - clocking in at around £2000 an inch.

James H

After hearing the owner of this web site, talking on the radio, I had a good look at the site. The web site is about motorways and the like. If you go to the site, click on histories then the Glasgow tab, you'll find info for what could have been.

Aye, here: Interesting stuff.

James H

Going places at last

IT HAS become the most expensive five miles of road in Scotland and has
taken 60 years to get the plans for it off the drawing board.

But today First Minister Alex Salmond and Glasgow City Council leader Steven
Purcell officially signalled the start of work on the M74's missing link'.

After decades of delay and disagreement, Glasgow is at last getting its ring road.

The cost is huge - the contract is worth £445million, with an additional £12m
contingency fund to deal with any old mine-workings.

That's on top of £200m that has already been spent, including £180m paid
out as compensation to businesses along the route that have had to relocate.

They include furniture maker Robert Morris, who got around £35m, and
City Refrigeration boss Willie Haughey, who received £16.5m.

However, business and political leaders believe the benefits of linking the
M8 south of the Kingston Bridge and the existing M74 at the Fullarton
junction in the east of Glasgow far outweigh the costs.

For Mr Purcell, today's ceremony marked the beginning of a project that
would bring "economic prosperity, regeneration and the opportunity to
bring jobs and homes to some of our most deprived communities."

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Richard Cairns said: "Not
only will this road reduce congestion through the city centre, it will greatly
reduce journey times from the area to key markets, stimulating the
economy and creating jobs."

Mr Cairns said the main benefits were reduced journey times, better traffic
flow, less pollution and a boost for the economy.

James H

Cheers for the heads up. I need to get doen and start taking some new shots of the area  

I cycled on the M74 from Carmyle to Tollcross a week before it opened :)

Yeah, and I used to walk my dog on the M8 between Ibrox & Kinning Park. Cool or what?

£692M: Price of M74 extension soars to a new high

THE cost of the M74 extension has soared again, to almost £700million
bringing the bill to more than £26,000 per foot.

A report published today by spending watchdog Audit Scotland revealed
the five-mile, six-lane stretch will now cost £692m, that's £35m more than
the price last announced.

The M74's missing link', which is already three years late, is Britain's
most expensive road, working out at £26,400 per ft or just over £80,000 a

Audit Scotland blamed poor management for the massive price hike.

The original estimate in 2001 was £245m and the last cost stated, in
February this year, was £657m. That was made up of £445m plus an
allowance for around £12m to deal with possible mine workings along the
route on top of £200m spent.

The study also said inflation in the construction industry and delays caused
by a failed legal challenge by environmental campaigners had caused
costs to soar.

Transport Scotland said administration costs, buying land and the price of
cable and pipe diversions - none of which were included in the original
estimate - were also responsible.

The road will complete the motorway network and reduce congestion on
the busiest stretch of the M8 through Glasgow. It will also provide links to
regeneration projects in the city's East End and will bring much-needed
investment in homes and jobs. It is due to be completed in 2011.

The M74 extension is just one of the projects highlighted in the Audit
Scotland report which have spiralled above budget.

The study also revealed the cost of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link is also set
to rise from the original £210m.

It is now likely to cost between £300 and £400m, although this is due to it
being combined with an already planned Network Rail upgrade worth £173m.

The study showed that only two out of five big projects in Scotland - such
as new roads, railways, hospitals and prisons - were completed on budget,
while many were also late.


I'm quite literally beside myself at this news...

James H

Going places at last (Evening Times)

IT looks just like any other building site. But the work going on in the small
patch of land just off Eglinton Street in the South Side is the beginning of the
end of 36 years of frustration for city motorists.

It is here that the first pier will be sunk in the long-awaited and
controversial M74 motorway extension project.

The Port Eglinton Viaduct, which will carry traffic over the main West
Coast rail line and Pollokshaws Road, will be one of the most striking
bridges on the five-mile stretch of road - and as big as the Kingston

If all goes to schedule, the £500million project will be completed in 2011
and the "missing link" in Scotland's roads network will be no more.

Once finished it will join the M8 at the Kingston Bridge with the Fullarton
Roundabout at Auchenshuggle in Glasgow's East End - where the M74
currently ends.

Supporters of the new road claim it will plug a glaring gap and allow
traffic to run much more smoothly as well as benefiting the economy.

But opponents have always felt it was needless and would cause social
and environmental harm.

Drivers have been waiting since 1972 for the road to be completed to
ease the traffic in Glasgow's South Side and through Rutherglen and

The work in Eglinton Street - on a site bounded by Devon Street, Turriff
Street and Mackinlay Street - is the start of construction of the Port
Eglinton Viaduct.

When completed it will be one of 13 bridges over roads, railways and
waterways built for the project.

Work has also started to clear and flatten land at Scotland Street, at the
south end of the Kingston Bridge and there are also engineers in place at
Farmeloan Road in the East End and Cathcart Road.

James H

The right road (Evening Times)

After 36 years, the M74 'missing link' begins to take shape

IT has taken 36 years of talking, delays, frustration and recriminations - but
at last the M74 extension through Glasgow is taking shape.

The so-called "road to nowhere" and "missing link" in the Scottish motorway
network will soon be no more. All along the five-mile route between the Fullarton
Interchange near Carmyle and the Kingston Bridge, workmen and diggers are
transforming the landscape.

Concrete pillars and giant mounds of earth - which will support the 13 bridges
along the route - are being built. Land at Scotland Street, Eglinton Toll, Polmadie,
Rutherglen and Auchenshuggle Woods has been cleared to make way for the

The £700million project is expected to be completed by 2011 - easing the traffic
flow in Glasgow's South Side and through Cambuslang and Rutherglen. Its
supporters say it is long overdue and will give the west coast economy a shot
in the arm.

Today Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell said: "Glasgow has argued
for decades that completion of the M74 is vital to the future growth of the city
and of Scotland; so it is very pleasing to see work progressing so well and the
route taking shape.

"It is exciting because we know that the finished road will bring with it opportunities
for thousands of individuals and businesses, support East End regeneration
and help us deliver the best possible 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"The construction phase itself is also already providing good quality local jobs
in a harsh economic climate."

In 1972 work on the M74 was ended - leaving the five-mile gap. Since then
costs have rocketed and it is already running three years late.

The estimate in 2001 was £245m - by May last year that had risen to £692m.
At £26,400 per ft - or just over £80,000 a metre - it is Britain's most expensive

James H

Just a thought but will we be able to organise access to walk along the new road between construction and opening?
Alex Glass

It always pays to ask the question and I am sure it may be possible as long as the proper PSE is worn by everyone

M74 missing link starts to take shape (Evening Times)

THE missing link' in Scotland's road network - the M74 extension - took a step
nearer completion today.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson laid the foundations for the main
junction of the new road with the M8 just south of Glasgow's Kingston

The £700million project is Scotland's biggest road-building scheme and is
providing hundreds of jobs for the hard-pressed construction industry.

Backers of the link - between Carmyle and the Kingston Bridge - say it
will reduce congestion and bring significant economic benefits to Glasgow
and west Scotland.

Piers which will carry the new road are being built at the main junction
visited by Mr Stevenson today.

He said it marked a "symbolic moment" when two of Scotland's major
motorways are brought together.

Mr Stevenson added: "At its peak this project will support around 900
jobs - many of them young trainee professionals who will gain valuable
experience in their respective professional trades."

Councillor Chris Thompson, chairman of South Lanarkshire Council's
enterprise resources committee, said: "People will now be able to see the
road beginning to take shape.

"And they will realise the positive impact it will have on journey times
throughout the west of Scotland."

A total of 13 bridges are being built along the five-mile route. Four major
road junctions will be built - at the Kingston Bridge, Polmadie Road, Cambuslang
Road and Fullarton Road.

The missing link - which has been delayed since 1972 - is expected to open
in 2011.

James H

M74 missing link set to be finished six months early (Evening Times)

THE £700million project to complete the M74 extension is on course to finish
at least six months early.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson, who visited the site where the new
road will join the M8 near the Kingston Bridge, said progress had been

Mr Stevenson also praised the Evening Times' Get Glasgow Moving
campaign - aimed at easing congestion in the city centre - which he said
he had been following with interest.

The minister claimed completing the five-mile "missing link" of motorway
would relieve many of the traffic problems our special reports have

He said: "It will certainly make a contribution to reducing congestion
because it will provide vehicles with an alternative route.

"The road will also take traffic off the Kingston Bridge and it means
congestion in general will be reduced."

Mr Stevenson insisted the new stretch of motorway would also boost the
economy of Glasgow and west Scotland.

He said the road - originally due to be completed in July 2011 - had been
progressing "faster than the original schedule" and may now be finished
by January 2011.

He joined project workers and directors at a ceremony to mark the start
of work on massive piers near the Kingston Bridge.

The new road will stretch from there to Carmyle, passing through
Rutherglen and Cambuslang.

James H

If its finished early, surely it wont cost as much to build? Less labour/security costs?

M74 work a bridge too far for Glasgow drivers (Evening Times)

WORK to build a massive aerial roadway is set to bring more than a year of
chaos for Glasgow drivers.

The viaduct is being built as part of the M74 extension and will be as high
as the Kingston Bridge. It is needed to clear the main rail line from Central
Station and sweep over a huge area of the South Side.

Although work is not due to begin until next week, electronic warning signs
have already been put in place near Eglinton Toll. The diversions triggered
by the construction of the Port Eglinton Viaduct will last until May next year.

Piers to carry the roadway are already in place.

Now work is beginning on the decking which will carry traffic from Pollokshaws
Road and on across the rail line.

The viaduct will become one of the most prominent landmarks of the M74 project
and is one of 13 bridges along the route.

Interlink M74, the construction company in charge of the £700million project,
has warned that the work will cause problems for traffic in the Eglinton Street
area. The company said the first phase of diversions would start on Monday
and last around six weeks.

Traffic travelling north on Eglinton Street, between Gourock Street and Cumberland
Street, will be reduced to one lane with the bus lane suspended.

Vehicles travelling south between Cumberland Street and Turriff Street will
also be reduced to one lane.

There will be no right turn into Kilbirnie Street and a diversion will be in place
via Turriff Street, Pollokshaws Road and Devon Street.

Traffic management arrangements are also planned for Francis Street, Ritchie
Street, Salkeld Street and Stromness Street, and details will be released once
they are finalised.

James H

M-way dig halts city Subway (Evening Times)

WORK on the M74 extension has been blamed for causing damage to a
Glasgow Subway tunnel and sparking travel chaos.

The rail service was out of action for around 12 hours yesterday after
engineers discovered damage in the tunnel wall between West Street and
Bridge Street stations.

It is believed the damage included plaster which had fallen on rails.

The piling work on the £700million road project was halted immediately
the problem was brought to light.

An investigation is under way into how the damage was caused and work
on the new road in that area has been temporarily halted.

Shuttle buses were arranged to take passengers to and from Shields road
to St Enoch station.

The loss of business on the subway plus the repairs to the damaged tunnel
could run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Earlier this week work started on the foundations just yards from where
the damage was found.

The piling is preparatory work for the piers which will be built to carry the
new stretch of motorway over the main rail line at Eglinton Street.

James H

City's new super bridge (Evening Times)

THESE are the first images of the massive new Port Eglinton Viaduct which
will soar above the West Coast mainline and Pollokshaws Road.

The six-lane road on the £60million viaduct, which is nearly half-a-mile long,
is a key part of the M74 extension.

It will be 11 metres high and as big an engineering feat as the Kingston
Bridge. The new road will snake for five miles through communities such
as Polmadie, Rutherglen and Cambuslang until it joins the M74 at Carmyle.

Already the road has started to take shape with giant high piers erected
along the route.

But from today the impact of the £700million project - due to finish in
2011 - will start to be felt among businesses and residents of the South

A series of road diversions and closures will be in place in Eglinton Street
- one of the main arteries into the City Centre from the south - for the next
14 months.

During that time a total of 11 piers will be built to carry the Port Eglinton
Viaduct - in Devon Street, West Street, Stromness Street, Mauchline Street,
Salkeld Street and the Royal mail yard.

The viaduct will stretch from the St Andrews Printworks, soaring over
Pollokshaws Road and the main West Coast rail line, before coming back
to ground level just before the Kingston Bridge.

For businesses in the path of the new road it promises to be two years of
noise, disruption and potential loss of custom.

James H
Chief Inspector

Good old Evening Times, That image has been kicking about since day one
but it made the front page today.  
The original Fly over for the M74 from the Kingston Bridge.


Aye, I think they used a screen dump of the M74 video. That's what it looks like.  

James H

M74 viaduct work halted over Subway safety fears (Evening Times)

THE contractors building a half-mile viaduct for the M74 extension into Glasgow
have been banned from re-starting work amid safety fears.

But transport bosses have insisted the project is still on schedule.

The city's Subway operator, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT),
is refusing to allow engineering work to continue on a section of the Eglinton
Viaduct until assurances are given it will not damage the underground train

Work ground to a halt a week ago on part of the £692million road project
after a crack was found on the wall of a Subway tunnel on the city's South
Side, 25 yards from the site where excavations were being dug for the
motorway, which will link to the Kingston Bridge.

The crack is said to have caused plaster to fall from the roof of a tunnel
between West Street and Bridge Street and led to the temporary suspension
of services on the 112-year-old system last Thursday.

SPT said it was waiting for "detailed proposals" from Interlink M74 Joint
Venture, the consortium building the new road, over measures that would
be put in place to ensure no further damage was caused.

An investigation is still under way by SPT engineers to establish the cause
of the damage.

An SPT spokeswoman said: "We have a duty to ensure the Subway
operates in a fashion that guarantees passenger safety. We would not be
running services if there was any risk to passengers."

"We are in discussions about bringing in a more sophisticated monitoring
system in our tunnels so problems can be identified at an earlier stage.

"Our engineering consultants are continuing to investigate the cause of
the damage in the tunnel and what measures need to be taken to ensure
similar problems do not happen again."

However, Transport Scotland said the project was still on target to be
completed by 2011.

James H
Chief Inspector

First bridge in place,Farmecross


It's really starting to take shape. Mibbes I'm weird but I'm kinda looking forward to actually driving over it once it's complete.

Don't know if this has been posted but it's an overlay for google earth showing the route the new M74 is taking.
Download Here

City flats rubble recycled for M74 (Evening Times)

RUBBLE from demolished buildings will be "recycled" as building material for
the M74 extension.

More than 500,000 tonnes of aggregate will be used from buildings
including two 23-storey blocks of flats in Stirlingfaulds Place which were
demolished last year, sites in Sighthill and Royston and the former
Hoover factory in Cambuslang.

The material will be used in embankments along the five-mile route,
being built at a cost of £445million, with an additional £12m set aside for
possible treatment of mine works.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said he was delighted to see
"innovative practices" being used by the M74 contractor Interlink M74 JV.

He said: "It's fitting that part of the old Glasgow will help shape its
economic future."

James H

Fjord wrote:
It's really starting to take shape. Mibbes I'm weird but I'm kinda looking forward to actually driving over it once it's complete.

I'm looking forward to when it's demolished again. Unfortunately it will take decades to repair the destruction it's caused.

Here are some pics of the latest building works of the M74 extension...

These are taken from cathcart rd looking towards where the new bridge over the m74 extension will be, various views from both sides of the railway line...

Eglinton St where it meets Devon St...

Devon St looking towards Eglinton St...

...and again...

Eglinton St...

Second one is a fave, you got a flickr Marti ?

Scary wrote:
Second one is a fave, you got a flickr Marti ?

No mate, photobucket...

Marti wrote:
Scary wrote:
Second one is a fave, you got a flickr Marti ?

No mate, photobucket...

Phukkin get it sorted then  

I dont know if these photos will be of interest but this is the steelwork for the flyover on the M74
This photos and the rest were taken today in the tradeston area.
Taken from Tradeston st


Taken from Tradeson st, May 2009


Taken from Wallace st may 2009


Taken from Tradeston st May 2009


Taken from Tradeston st / Cook st May 2009


Taken from Centre st /Cooks st may 2009


Taken from Cook st May 2009


Taken from Cook st / Centre st May 2009


Polmadie Road, June 2009

James H

90ft crane gives M74 a huge lift (Evening Times)

IT weighs 1200 tonnes and had to be delivered on the back of 45 articulated lorries.
It is the massive 90ft crane which has been drafted in to work on Glasgow's M74
extension project.

It is the largest mobile crane in Europe and travels all over the world tackling
the toughest construction jobs. Last year it was in action lifting the Harthill
footbridge into place over the M8. The crane, dubbed rather functionally the
'Sarens Gottwald AK680-3', takes over a week to assemble on site.

The crane will be used to lift the 232m long bridge that will carry the M74 over
the M8 into place. The three-lane bridge will come in four sections which being
built on site by contractors for the Interlink M74 consortium.

The crane's first job will be to lift the massive steel box girders into place, which
will support the bridge. The 14m wide bridge will link up three intermediate piers
and abutment end supports which are already in place to the newly constructed
slip roads.

In between these sections the crane will lift into place eight massive 200-tonne
girders which will make up the three-lane bridge. The AK680-3 has been brought
in to do the job because it has one of the longest reaches of any crane at 90ft.

It's that massive reach and how far it can swing its payload that make it crucial
to the job. The crane will be manoeuvred by specialist operators John Watson and
Mick Bates, from its hometown of Middlesbrough. The pair have travelled the globe
with the machine, which has been in demand from Argentina to Taiwan.

James H

I was wondering what that was when I saw it from the bottom of Copland Road this afternoon

Bridging the gap (Evening Times)

A MIDNIGHT hush descended on the crowd as they watched Europe's largest mobile
crane gently lower the massive steel beam into place.

They saw the moment when the gap between the M74 and the M8 was finally

At the heart of the project was the colossal crane responsible for placing the
beams into their correct positions. At 180ft it weighs 1200 tonnes, takes three
days to assemble, has a 270ft jib and is so big it had to be delivered to the
construction site in 45 lorries.

Standing on top of what is soon to be a slip road of the M74, Scottish Transport
Minister Stewart Stevenson praised the team behind the construction project.

He said: "This a great moment for the people of Glasgow and the whole of Scotland.
Today we are finally seeing the real evidence connecting the M74 and the M8 and
bridging that gap in Glasgow's transport structure.

"Westbound traffic will be reduced, as will the environmental impact of traffic
on the city."

The M74/M8 Link Bridge is being manufactured in 20 sections which, when joined,
forms eight larger beam sections each weighing 200 tonnes and 250 yards
in length. If laid end to end they would be the equivalent length of four football

James H

Halfway to bridging the gap (Evening Times)

GLASGOW'S missing link between the M74 and the M8 at the Kingston Bridge
is halfway to being bridged after another weekend of painstaking work.

And by this weekend the gap will be gone.

The current round of work on the extension has seen four out of eight massive
steel beams lifted into place over the M8 by Europe's largest mobile crane.
The steel beams are part of sections of bridging that will carry the M74 over
the M8.

The crane lifted the beams in the early hours of the weekend to minimise
disruption on the motorway. The beams will join up a series of three support
piers and two abutments already in place to take the M74 sweeping over the
M8 - the missing link - on to the newly- constructed slip roads.

Four more beams will be lifted into place this weekend.

But drivers are again being warned that means sections of the M8 will be closed
this weekend, just south of the Kingston Bridge. The westbound carriageway
will be closed on Saturday, as will the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway.

The Carnoustie Street westbound on-ramp and Carnoustie Street itself will
remain closed until August 14. Polmadie Road will also be closed at the junction
of New Rutherglen Road until August 17, with diversions signposted.

The eastbound Paisley Road off-ramp is also expected to remain closed until
Friday. The total cost of the work is estimated at £445million and it is scheduled
to open in 2011.

James H

West Street

The Crane


Great pic Stu ... I passed that crane the other night .... that is some boom on the thing...

Bridging the M74 gap (Evening Times)

THE M74 extension has taken a giant step forward - after workers completed their
mammoth mission to carry a six-lane bridge soaring over Scotland's busiest motorway.

But motorists were warned they still face disruption due to the £445 million
project to complete Glasgow's missing link' between the M8 and M74. And transport
bosses have revealed that work will begin this week on another section of the M8,
forcing lane closures.

The delicate operation to build the bridge to carry the M74 over the M8 saw four
massive beams lifted into place near the Kingston Bridge. The last one was slotted
home over the westbound carriageway of the M8 over Carnoustie Street at the

The work required the partial closure of the M8, and months of planning included
the delivery - in 45 lorries - of the largest mobile crane in Europe to lift the beams
into place.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland, which is responsible for the work, said: "While
it was necessary to close the westbound carriageway of the M8 for a period
overnight on Saturday, this phase of the work went very smoothly and was completed
on schedule. Disruption was kept to a minimum.

"This completes the work to erect the beams on the eastbound section of the project
and the crane will now move to West Street to begin work on the Port Eglinton
viaduct section within the next two weeks."

The M74/M8 link bridge has been manufactured in 20 sections which, when joined
together, will form eight larger beam sections each weighing 200 tones and measuring
232 metres in length. If laid end to end they would be the equivalent length of four
football pitches. The crane used to lift them is 180ft tall, has a 90m-long jib and a
lifting capacity of 1200 tonnes.

The M74 Completion is a partnership project between the Scottish Government
and the councils of Glasgow City, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, and should
reduce traffic on Glasgow's roads, provide jobs and boost the economy.

Work began in May last year to construct the missing section of the M74 between
Fullarton Road and the M8 motorway to the west of Kingston Bridge.

The contractor is Interlink M74 JV, a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Est,
Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The road is expected to open in 2011 having cost just less than £445m plus an
allowance of approximately £12m for the possible treatment of mine workings along
the route.

James H

Giant new viaduct will bridge M74 gap (Evening Times)

WORK has started on a crucial section of the M74 extension, with the project's
largest flyover now taking shape.

The new Port Eglinton viaduct is a major part of the project to link the M74
with the M8, completing the vital missing link in Scotland's transport network.

The Port Eglinton section will be 730metres long and is being constructed from
14,500 tonnes of steel.

It will span not only the main West Coast rail line and the Subway line near
West Street Station but also the Paisley and City Union rail lines and Eglinton
Street itself, one of the busiest routes in to and out of Glasgow.

Transport Scotland, which is behind the project, are having the giant steel box
girders for the bridge brought to the site in sections before they are welded
together at two assembly points.

The steelwork for the section of the viaduct which crosses the Paisley and SPT
lines - a total of 18 70m long girders, weighing up to 200 tonnes each - will be
lifted into position by a massive 1200 tonne capacity crane, the largest of its
type in Europe.

A few hundred metres away, large box girders, measuring 5.5m wide by 4.5m
deep and 20m long and weighing 150 tonnes are also being assembled.

Before the bridge sections are lifted into place, the concrete deck will be added,
bringing each fully assembled unit's weight to 4300 tonnes.

The whole viaduct is expected to take over 18 months to complete.

James H

Took a wee trip to west st today.


Marti wrote:

Eglinton St where it meets Devon St...

Thanks for all these pictures.

I saw these pillars for the first time the other day. Although I had previously seen your pictures on here I had no sense of scale and was surprised at the width of of them in real life.

I also noticed for the first time (maybe I just never noticed before) that they now appear on Google maps and the whole route is clearly visible. Do Google update their satellite images or have I just been too pished in the past to notice?

MB.............Stu posted on "in the news" recently and he reckons the maps were updated  the sunday after the Coliseum burnt down.

And it looks like he is right as usual.

I'm not always right.... although I do like to keep up that illusion

fastnet wrote:
MB.............Stu posted on "in the news" recently and he reckons the maps were updated  the sunday after the Coliseum burnt down.

And it looks like he is right as usual.

Thanks for that fastnet. It never occurred to me that they would update the images. Sorry for missing your post Stu.

I've just had a look at and they haven't updated their images. There is no sign of construction at all. So it's handy to have a look at if anybody wants to compare before and after stuff.



Bridging the gap ... inch by inch (Evening Times)

Early in the new year massive sections of bridge will be inched into place to carry
the M74 sweeping over the main West Coast rail line at the Port Eglinton viaduct.

The operation, part of the massive M74 Completion Project, will be a painstaking
affair. Each of the 170-metre 4,000-tonne steel segments has to be edged into
place at a speed of just 10 metres per hour.

The process is a delicate one, because the railway line beneath must remain
open throughout.

That means the work can only be carried out in the wee small hours, for just
two hours a night.

Despite the constraints, Transport Scotland are confident that, like the rest
of the project so far, the work will be caried out on schedule.

The viaduct is just one of the many jobs that have to be done to join the M74 to
the M8 in Glasgow, and complete the “missing link” in Scotland’s transport network.

The scale of the project is massive and includes the construction of 13 bridges
and one underpass, but work is now developing at speed.

At Fullarton Road, two bridges are being constructed and should be going up
in February, while the Auchen-shuggle Bridge, taking the M74 over the Clyde,
will be manoeuvred into place in June.

One of the most complex parts of the plan is being carried out at Rutherglen
Station, where both carriageways of the M74 will cross the railway lines either
side of the station itself and over a section of the station platform.

The four-span bridge is supported at each end by re-inforced concrete supports
and at three intermediate locations by re-inforced concrete columns. The bridge
deck will be made up of steel box girders with re-inforced concrete cast in place
over them.

The steel girders will be lifted into position over the railway lines during the
night when the rail lines are closed. Commuters using the station will be unaffected
by any of the bridge work.


James H

james73 wrote:
[b]Bridging the gap ... inch by inch (Evening Times)

James H

Impressive stuff...

Gorbals Flyover at Gushetfaulds looking north.


Giant girders to support viaduct vital to M74 link (Evening Times)

Motorists face three days of disruption as two giant girders, stretching for almost
a quarter of a mile, are gently inched across a busy Glasgow street.

Several roads will be closed when hydraulic equipment is used to push the
steel beams over Eglinton Street and the neighbouring west coast railway line.
The girders are an essential part of the new Port Eglinton viaduct which will be
an integral part of the M74 extension. The viaduct will lie more than five metres
above Eglinton Street and support thousands of vehicles using the motorway
once the so-called “missing link” is completed in August 2011.

Once the viaduct’s decking is in place and topped by the motorway, M74 drivers
will travel 10 metres above south-side city traffic. The beams are already on
site and supported by heavy-duty scaffolding. But, like a telescope, hydraulic
equipment will be used to protrude the beams across the road and railway
line. It will take engineers three days fully to extend the beams at a rate of 10
metres per hour. Each beam is 135 metres long and weighs 4000 tonnes.

Motorway project director David Welsh said: “We are endeavouring to minimise
the impact of our activities on our neighbours and the travelling public. We
are carrying these works out at night to minimise disruption to motorists. This
project will complete a vital motorway link and reduce congestion around Glasgow
as well as provide strategic transport links in the west of Scotland.”

Temporary road closures between midnight and 6am will take place from next
Wednesday to the following weekend although that may change depending on
progress. Northbound traffic will be diverted off Eglinton Street and on to Turriff
Street, Pollokshaws Road and Bedford Street before rejoining Eglinton street.

Southbound motorists will be rerouted along Cumberland Street, Laurieston
Road, Cathcart Road, Allison Street, Hollybrook Street, Calder Street, Aitkenhead
Road, back on to Cathcart Road, along Pollokshaws Road and Turriff Street
before rejoining Eglinton Street. High-sided vehicles will be given different routes.

Transport Scotland today said the work will have no impact on rail services.

Work on the M74 extension which began in summer 2008 ended a 40-year wait,
but the new five-mile stretch of motorway from Cambuslang to the Kingston
Bridge will cost £692 million when construction ends next year. Building work
will amount to £445m, about £200m of which has been spent on land acquisition
with the balance meeting other costs such as security and mining works.

However, Glasgow’s business community believe it’s money well spent. The
extension will provide three lanes of traffic that will bypass the Kingston Bridge.
Manufacturers, especially in Renfrewshire, have repeatedly complained of traffic
congestion as they attempt to truck their products along the M8 to the M74.

James H

james73 wrote:

Motorists face three days of disruption as two giant girders, stretching for almost
a quarter of a mile, are gently inched across a busy Glasgow street.

James H

That is going to seriously impact the production of Irn-Bru for the foreseeable future.  I hope there isn't going to panic buying


Now that’s a real flyover! (Evening Times)

Work on Scotland’s largest civil engineering project started today as a specialist
team launched a 750m length of the M74 over roads and rail tracks in Glasgow’s

More than 4,000 tonnes of steel are being inched painstakingly over the West
Coast Mainline, edging towards their eventual destination on the other side
of Eglinton Street.

Because of the sheer scale of the construction they are dealing with, engineers
have opted to pull the westbound carriageway on to its concrete supports rather
than lifting it with cranes. The 4,200 tonne, 135m preliminary structure – equivalent
to the weight of 100 articulated lorries – will be edged from west to east at a
rate of just 10m per hour, or less than nine inches per minute.

Work will be carried out in two-hour bursts in the dead of night, so as to avoid
disruption to traffic and trains passing below, and it is due for completion in
mid-February. Later sections will be added in the coming months, bringing the
total length of the Port Eglinton viaduct, as it will be known, to more than 750m.

Until it meets its dock, however, the sheered off edge of the M74 will jut out
awkwardly above the road and rail lines below, creating an eerie spectacle for
passers by and drivers.

Floodlit against the night sky before work began around 1.30 this morning, the
disconnected motorway made for an odd sight.

Even those onlookers who disagreed with the motorway project in principle
agreed that they were impressed by the scale of the viaduct.

Ruth Elder, 39, from Govanhill, said she was concerned about extra traffic noise
from the M74, and the fact she would have to walk through a lengthy underpass
to get home every evening.

But despite her misgivings, she admitted she “liked the engineering”, and would
be interested to see the finished motorway after its completion in 2011.

Dom Doyle, passing by as construction equipment was moved into place late
last night, described the project as “amazing”.

“It looks impressive. I feel sorry for the people who stay here, but it’ll be good
for travel,” said Mr Doyle, 42.

Taxi driver Robert Robertson, 55, said he hoped the new M74, in conjunction
with improved bus and taxi lanes, would ease rush hours traffic congestion.

Authorities are confident the extension, which will close the gap between the M8
south of Kingston Bridge and the existing M74 at Fullarton Road, will be completed
on time and on budget with a total cost of under £458 million.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said work had been “moving on apace”
since the first beams were lowered into place near the Kingston Bridge in July 2009.

“The M74 project is providing vital jobs and investment to the hard pressed
construction industry,” he added. “Once complete, the M74 missing link will
provide improved access to economic, employment and education opportunities
for the people of Scotland.”

Project director David Welsh, overseeing work for the Interlink M74 joint venture,
said the Port Eglinton viaduct represented “a major technical challenge” which
required “innovative solutions” such as the pulley mechanism which will be used
to drag the link into place over the coming weeks.

Councillor George Ryan, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Business
and the Economy, said the building work was a major jobs boost for the area,
and the work would swell the city’s coffers once the motorway is completed.

The project is a partnership between the Transport Scotland, the principal funder,
and Glasgow City, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Councils.

The contractor is Interlink M74 JV, a joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty,
Morgan Est, Morrison Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine.

There is a fixed construction cost of just under £445m, plus an allowance of £12m
for possible treatment of old mine workings along the line of the route.

It is anticipated the motorway link will open in 2011.

James H

Took a trip down to Eglinton St to see progress...


When this road was announced I thought yer bought time they did it too.
Following it's progress its an engineering marvel.
Over roads with the mininmal of disruption with closures strictly no longer than really necessary it will probably be closed more once it gets handed to Bear or whoever it will be that will dig it up on a whim whilst trying to elicit money from the government for congestion caused on the pretex of fixing something.  

cybers wrote:
Over roads with the mininmal of disruption with closures

Pollokshaws Road has been down to one lane each way for nearly a year now at this bit with the mahem that's gone with it. I don't think it's been necessary for that length of time, but we shall agree do differ  

Well you are better placed than me to be the judge of that so i shall concede the point.  

Aplologies if this has been discussed previously but will the clyde Walkway on the north bank be rebuilt after the bridge over the river is completed?

Furthermore when is the northern side work of the East End Regeneration Route due to start?

Thanks in advance


M74 Fly Through video:

The things you see from another angle.

City’s new road link is an M-way in motion (© Evening Times)

Stunning time-lapse film footage has been released showing the progress of the
huge scheme to link the M74 to the M8 in Glasgow.

Filmed over several weeks, it shows the painstaking work in which massive
200-metre long sections of the westbound Port Eglinton Viaduct were moved
into place, marking the completion of the first phase of the massive project.

The film also charts the changing weather conditions which affected the build
with workers battling snow and rain to get the job done. The exclusive footage
is available to view on the Evening Times website at

The project required the construction of a new bridge over the West Coast
Main Line railway and across Kilbirnie Street and Eglinton Street. The project
is one of the biggest civil engineering operations in Scotland and is part of the
ongoing work to complete the ‘missing link’ between the end of the existing
M74 at Fullarton Road and the M8 south of the Kingston Bridge.

Project manager Dominic Murphy said: “This film is a great way of showing
the painstaking work that has gone on over many weeks to deliver this milestone.
The contractor is to be congratulated on completing this challenging and very
impressive piece of engineering work. Motorists travelling through Glasgow’s
South Side can now see this structure which shows that the completion of the
M74 is taking great strides forward.”

The impressive film shows how the bridge had to be jacked over 166metres
into place rather than being placed by conventional crane lifts, due to the length
of the beams required to span the roads and rail lines and the need to avoid
disruption to train services.

Video link

James H

acereject wrote:
M74 Fly Through video:

That's a cracking vid...your own helicopter?  

Giant M74 bridge inches into place (© Evening Times)

The operation to instal the second and final section of the largest bridge on the
massive M74 extension project has begun.

The project, which will link the M74 to the M8, needs to bridge a series of roads
and rail lines on the South Side, and the final segment of the link is now being
inched into place. Earlier this year the westbound deck of the Port Eglinton Viaduct
was raised above the West Coast Main Line, local rail lines and a number of

Now, the eastbound deck will be pulled across Salkeld Street, the West Coast
Main Line and local rail lines as well as Eglinton Street and Devon Street. The
viaduct will complete the missing link between the end of the existing M74 at
Fullarton Road and the M8 southwest of the Kingston Bridge. The new bridge is
the largest of 13 structures along the route of the new motorway.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson, said: “This is a significant milestone in
the M74 Completion project. The work is moving on apace and the structures to
support the new road are now visible.”

Interlink M74 joint venture project director David Welsh said: “We are delighted to
be achieving these key objectives on programme. Many obstacles had to be
overcome to turn design into construction and I must congratulate the design
and construct team, plus client, for working so well together to overcome the major
challenges we have encountered to get to this stage in the project.”

James H

Courtesy of my work, New Civil Engineer article on the M74 extension


1600-tonne crane lifts M74 bridge into place (© Evening Times)

Construction of the M74 missing link’s only bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow
is under way today … after it took a week to build a crane on site.

The bridge, at Auchenshuggle near the start of the motorway extension project
at Fullarton Road, Cambuslang, is being built using the largest mobile crane in
Europe. Stewart Stevenson, Scottish transport minister, watched as the mammoth
operation to lift the bridge’s central structure into place, began.

Work is ongoing along the route, between Cambuslang and Tradeston in Glasgow’s
South Side, on the road which is expected to open on time next year. The massive
crane will manoeuvre the bridge span, made up of five box girders assembled into
one on site, into place across the river.

Mr Stevenson said: “This is another significant milestone in the construction of
the M74 completion project. The fact that Europe’s largest mobile crane is needed
to carry out the work shows what a complex civil engineering operation it is. Together
with the recent erection of steelwork for the Rutherglen Station bridge and the
ongoing second launch of the Port Eglinton Viaduct, the work on this bridge is
another major step towards completion of the project. This project to complete the
missing link between the existing M74 and the M8 in Glasgow is on schedule to
open next year.”

After the girders are in place, work will start to lay the concrete on which the road
surface will be built. The 1600-tonne crane, previously used to help build an oil
refinery in Kazakhstan, and most recently in a port in Rotterdam, is prominent in
the skyline and 100 lorries were used to to bring in the crane in sections.

Mr Stevenson today also met pupils of Cairns Primary, Cambuslang, who are learning
about the new road’s construction, transport and the environment.

James H

todays view over Rutherglen train station..

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Looking out across Rutherglen Train Station July 2010

Another one looking out from Rutherglen taken maybe 10 yrs ago...will update them once the motorway appears here

Another few photos of the Rutherglen side of the M74 taken 24th July 2010


Mahdi West

Rutherglen Station now looking overshadowed.

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