Let’s go back to 1976 next and to High Blantyre. Pictured here courtesy of Gordon Cook is the view from former Dixon’s Pit 2 looking across to the relatively new Jerusalem Houses. A recognisable sight, still with their flat roofs at the time. The industrial activities in the foreground is the earthworks phase for the […]
Further panoramic photos taken from the former Craighead Bing. Showing industrial areas around the bing before the Expressway cut through. These were taken in September 1979. Who can identify the business premises? These photos seen online for the first time here, also show the flattened area looking across the river to Bothwell.
Winter 1987. Particularly bad for snow. Cars had to be dug out the East Kilbride Expressway. Here, the AA battles to keep things moving. Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said: Jamie Simpson A was out delivering milk that day the only one.Nicola Bence I remember this. […]
As December 1978 drew to a close , High Blantyre was experiencing a new kind of problem. Rainwater flooding on Main Street, sometimes deep enough to prevent cars from passing. Attention turned towards the new Expressway being built. Councillor Malcolm Waugh assured people Strathclyde Regional Council would do its best to alleviate the investigate […]
From the illustrated social history book…research paid for by Paul Veverka “Blantyre – Glasgow Road, The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016 – 2018. A725 East Kilbride Expressway The important infrastructure roadway link in the area is designated the A725, which bypasses Blantyre after crossing over Glasgow Road and takes traffic from the […]
During the first week of October 1978, there were threats to form “human barricades” across the new section of the A725 East Kilbride Expressway at the Auchinraith Junction. That part of the expressway was due to open from Crossbasket down to Auchinraith on Tuesday 10th October 1978 and some nearby residents in Springwell were NOT […]
The East Kilbride Expressway was constructed in 3 phases. This article relates to the first phase. The first stage of the Expressway was built between Crossbasket and the Whirlies roundabout at East Kilbride. You would drive out of High Blantyre on to a fast road. Built in 1966 and 1967, it cost over £600,000 […]