The Scottish Roadscast
The A1 - Part 1 - Edinburgh to Dunbar

The A1 - Part 1 - Edinburgh to Dunbar

May 22, 2021

Part 1 of a two part series discussing the A1, one of Scotland's least discussed trunk roads.

Stuart and John are joined by Duncan Macknight, a road history researcher and GMA member as they take a deep dive into Scotland's east coast link to the north of England. 

In part 1 we consider the history of the route before discussing the dual carriageway section from Edinburgh to Dunbar in more detail. Prepare to be blown away with many new facts, figures and previously untold tales!

With Stuart Baird, John Hassall and Duncan Macknight

Released May 2021.

The M77: History, Planning and Construction

The M77: History, Planning and Construction

April 23, 2021

In this episode Stuart and John take a look at the history behind the M77, the main motorway link between Glasgow and Ayrshire. We also discuss the anti-road protests of the 1990s and consider the safety record of the roads it replaced. A few listener questions are squeezed in at the end.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall. Published April 2021.

Interview: Chris Marshall of Roads.org.uk on the Glasgow Motorway System

Interview: Chris Marshall of Roads.org.uk on the Glasgow Motorway System

March 19, 2021

In this episode of the Glasgow Motorway Archive podcast, John and Stuart chat with Chris Marshall of Roads.org.uk!

Chris gives his insights on weird and wonderful aspects of Glasgow's motorway system before discussions move onto Scotland, England and various urban motorway schemes. Not to be missed.

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird

Released March 2021.

Apologies for slight audio distortions.

The Monkland Motorway: A History

The Monkland Motorway: A History

February 19, 2021

In this episode Stuart and John take a look at the history behind the Monkland Motorway, one of the most important, but lesser loved sections of the M8. We consider how the disused canal provided a unique opportunity and discuss the planning, design and construction stages.

Series 3, Episode 2.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

 

City Deal Revisited and Trunk Road Upgrades

City Deal Revisited and Trunk Road Upgrades

January 27, 2021

In this episode we discuss the roads projects being taken forward across Scotland as part of City Deal. We also take a deep dive into some upcoming trunk road improvement projects, including the Sheriffhall Roundabout, A82 and A96.

Series 3, Episode 1. Released January 2021.

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird. Music by Les Willox.

Christmas Special 2020 - Ayrshire’s Dual Carriageway Secrets.

Christmas Special 2020 - Ayrshire’s Dual Carriageway Secrets.

December 17, 2020

In our 2020 Christmas special, we are taking a deep dive into the history of Ayrshire's extensive dual carriageway system. Covering the A71, A77, A78, A79 and even the A76, we reveal several surprising facts and figures! We also discuss the imminent launch of our brand new website.

With Stuart, John and Nick.

The A8 and A78 - Inverclyde’s Expressways?

The A8 and A78 - Inverclyde’s Expressways?

November 30, 2020

We are turning our attention westwards in this episode as we take a deep dive into the A8 and A78 in Inverclyde. Dualled throughout the 1970s and 80s, the A8 has many interesting features and quirks. On the A78 we consider the dualled section at the former IBM plant and a few extra thrown in.

 

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

Recorded via Zoom, hence poor audio quality than usual. 

M73: Strategic Link or Glorified Slip Road?

M73: Strategic Link or Glorified Slip Road?

November 12, 2020

In this episode we take a deep dive into the history of the M73. From its origins to more recent upgrades, we consider whether the motorway is a crucial piece of Glasgow's motorway puzzle or nothing more than an extra long slip road.

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird.

Roads Policing Update with PC Nick

Roads Policing Update with PC Nick

October 22, 2020

PC Nick joins us to give an update on roads policing in Glasgow. We have a particular focus on how the pandemic has changed traffic levels and on future technology. We also discuss our new website, due to launch this December.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

The M8 Renfrew Motorway: A Revisit

The M8 Renfrew Motorway: A Revisit

October 8, 2020

In this episode we revisit the M8 Renfrew Motorway as it celebrates its 44th birthday. Lots of new things to discuss in this deep delve into its history. We also have an update on our digitisation efforts and some upcoming features.

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird.

The A9: Part 2 - Perth to Thurso

The A9: Part 2 - Perth to Thurso

September 24, 2020

Part 2 of a two part series discussing the A9, one of Scotland's most important trunk roads.

Stuart and John are joined by Duncan Macknight, an A9 history researcher and GMA member as they take a deep dive into one of the UK's longest roads. 

In part 2 we consider the sections between Perth to Thurso in more detail. Prepare to be blown away with many new facts, figures and previously untold tales!

The A9: Part 1 - Route History & Stirling to Perth

The A9: Part 1 - Route History & Stirling to Perth

September 10, 2020

Part 1 of a two part series discussing the A9, one of Scotland's most important trunk roads.

Stuart and John are joined by Duncan Macknight, an A9 history researcher and GMA member as they take a deep dive into one of the UK's longest roads. 

In part 1 we consider the history of the route from Edinburgh to Thurso before discussing the Stirling to Perth section in more detail. Prepare to be blown away with many new facts, figures and previously untold tales!

Famous Glasgow Streets: How the Motorways Changed Them

Famous Glasgow Streets: How the Motorways Changed Them

August 27, 2020

In this episode Stuart and John discuss 12 of Glasgow's famous streets and how the construction of the motorway affected them. Those covered in Alexandra Parade, Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

UK Urban Motorways: Glasgow Vs The Rest

UK Urban Motorways: Glasgow Vs The Rest

August 13, 2020

In this episode, John and Stuart consider urban motorways in the UK and discuss how Glasgow compares. Is Glasgow the best? Or are there better options elsewhere? Tune in and find out.

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird

 

Music by Les Willox.

Roads Declassified: Road Types & Maintenance Revealed

Roads Declassified: Road Types & Maintenance Revealed

July 23, 2020

In this podcast we take a deep dive into the classification of roads across Scotland and the history of network maintenance. Learn about what's trunk or primary, special and unclassified! Following that we look at 60 years of network maintenance. Not one to be missed!

 

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

Released 23/07/2020.

 

Music:

“Drawing Mazes”

Podington Bear
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