An extract from the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
In October 1928 Mr. William Marr, at a council meeting took protest to the decision to employ only men from Hamilton and Blantyre to undertake the proposed Glasgow Road widening work and asked that the skills of men outwith these areas were also considered to ensure the job was done as efficiently as possible.
In perusal of their intention to curtail the tram service, the Lanarkshire Tramways Company suspended the service of tramcars between Blantyre and Cambuslang, distance of four miles on Friday 10th May 1929. Work began that month. This was to see the removal of tramlines and the construction of a much wider Glasgow Road. Residents were to lose part of their gardens.
By September 1929, several public buildings had also lost part of their front grounds and gardens to the widening operations. This included St Joseph’s Church and School, David Livingstone Memorial Church and Low Blantyre School. Pictured in the 1930’s, is the completed work to Glasgow Road, tramlines removed and this whole scene, must have at the time felt very modern and attractive.
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