The westbound carriageway of the M8 (1970)


While a motorway in Glasgow City Centre had been suggested as early as 1945, it was not until the early 1960s that plans were actually made for its construction. The eventual design of the motorway was influenced by features of American highways. Constructed in phases, this image looks east along the motorway as it nears the end of the second phase of building in 1970. The Pinkston cooling tower remains an active feature of the Glasgow landscape, while the Sighthill estate is resplendent on the skyline, not obscured by industrial smog only due to the prevailing wind.