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Route of the M77

A relatively new motorway, the M77 zips traffic in and out of Glasgow to the south, 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, 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.

Factfile

Start Glasgow (M8)
Finish Fenwick (A77)
Passes None
Length 18 miles
Terminates None
Spurs None
Meets None

Images

Views of the M77 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.

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Approaching the M77 on the M8, and the impressive width of the M8 is visible. A lane from each westbound carriageway merge together to form the M77.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Passing through the urban areas of south-west Glasgow, the motorway is very urban in character. Here the road dips and banks steeply to negotiate this corner.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Southbound, entering Glasgow, there's a panoramic view of the city ahead before the motorway drops gradually downhill. At this point a 50mph limit begins.
Photo by Ashley Sharp

Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the M77 were built, listed in chronological order.

Open Jct Section
Oct1977 J0-1 M8 → Dumbreck Road
May1996 J1-3 Dumbreck Road → City Boundary
Dec1996 J3-5 City Boundary → Malletsheugh
May2005 J5-8 Malletsheugh → Fenwick

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

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




M8
NORTH
(Fork)




M8
(A8)
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1 Govan
Pollokshields
B768
B768 (Diamond) B768 Pollokshields
Pollokshaws
B768
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2 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 2 lanes
2 Pollokshaws
B762
B762 (Non-standard interchange) B762 Crookston
Pollokshaws
B762
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3 Nitshill
Paisley
Greenock
A727
A726


(Non-standard interchange) A727 Nitshill
Thornliebank
Barrhead
A727
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1 mile, 2 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 3 lanes
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2 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 3 lanes
4 (Diamond) (B769) Newton Mearns
(B769)
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  Down 1 mile, 2 lanes
5 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
(A77) (Roundabout Interchange)(Roundabout Interchange) A726 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
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7 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 3 miles, 2 lanes
6 A77 (Diamond) A77 Galston
A77
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  Down 3 miles, 2 lanes
7 A77
B778
A77
(Non-standard interchange) B778 Stewarton
Fenwick
B778
Kilmaurs (B751)
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  Down 1 mile, 2 lanes
8 N/A A77

B7038


(Non-standard interchange)
A77
SOUTH
B7061

B7061


Fenwick
B7061
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With thanks to Marcus Kerr, Mark Shields, Malin Dixon, Ashley Sharp, Gerald Higgins, Gregor Smith, Alan Shaw and Craig Wilson for information in this section.