The M77 is a relatively new motorway forming the main road south from Glasgow, zipping traffic in and out of the city and bypassing the boring old A77. For about twenty years it existed only as a tiny spur, joining the M8 at a huge free-flowing junction. It was first extended to bypass the urban sections of the A77.

The length through the Glasgow suburbs that opened in the 1990s was built almost exactly on the line proposed back in the mid-1960s, with only changes to junction layouts separating the two proposals.

The second (and probably final) extension opened in Spring 2005, and runs from junction 5 to 8. It replaces a narrow four-lane single carriageway road through open countryside, built in the 1930s, which was well past its sell-by date. It had claimed countless lives and the new motorway route is many times faster, safer and more efficient. The motorway now connects to the existing grade-separated Kilmarnock Bypass.

Start
Glasgow
End
Fenwick
Passes
None
Connects to
Length
18 miles
Open Junctions Section
Oct 1977 J0-1 M8 → Dumbreck Road
Apr 1996 J1-3 Dumbreck Road → City Boundary
Dec 1996 J3-5 City Boundary → Malletsheugh
Apr 2005 J5-8 Malletsheugh → Fenwick

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
M8 J22 Glasgow
Edinburgh
M8 Link
East Kilbride
Tradeston
(A8)




M8
NORTH




M8
(A8)
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
1 Govan
Pollokshields
B768
B768 B768 Pollokshields
Pollokshaws
B768
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
2 Pollokshaws
B762
B762 B762 Crookston
Pollokshaws
B762
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
3 Nitshill
Paisley
Greenock
A727
A726


A727 Nitshill
Thornliebank
Barrhead
A727
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 3 lanes
Signs Signs
2 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 3 lanes
4 (B769) Newton Mearns
(B769)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
  1 mile, 2 lanes
5 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
(A77) A726 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Signs Signs
7 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
6 A77 A77 Galston
A77
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  3 miles, 2 lanes
7 A77
B778
A77
B778 Stewarton
Fenwick
B778
Kilmaurs (B751)
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  1 mile, 2 lanes
8 N/A A77

B7038



A77
SOUTH
B7061

B7061


Fenwick
B7061
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
Routes

Picture credits

With thanks to Marcus Kerr, Mark Shields, Malin Dixon, Ashley Sharp, Gerald Higgins, Gregor Smith, Alan Shaw and Craig Wilson for information on this page.