The Scottish Roadscast
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
From the Free Music Archive
CC BY-NC 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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The M9 Motorway: Planning, Construction & Future

The M9 Motorway: Planning, Construction & Future

July 10, 2020

In this episode we analyse the history and construction of the M9 Edinburgh to Stirling motorway. Filled with new facts and figures, and with personal anecdotes from original engineers on the job, this podcast is not to be missed!

With John Hassall and Stuart Baird. 

Released July 10th 2020.

Kingston Bridge - 50th Anniversary Special - Part 2 (Revised)

Kingston Bridge - 50th Anniversary Special - Part 2 (Revised)

June 22, 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the M8 Kingston Bridge on June 26th 2020. This is the second part of a two part special.

Part 2 covers: the early years of the bridge, the major strengthening and refurbishment works, the bridge today and the future.

We also discuss our planned celebrations.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall

Revised to correct sound issues.

 

Music:

“Drawing Mazes”

Podington Bear
From the Free Music Archive
CC BY-NC 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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Kingston Bridge - 50th Anniversary Special (Part 1)

Kingston Bridge - 50th Anniversary Special (Part 1)

June 15, 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the M8 Kingston Bridge on June 26th 2020. This is the first part of a two part special.

Part 1 covers: planning and design, construction and opening.

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall

 

Music:

“Drawing Mazes”

Podington Bear
From the Free Music Archive
CC BY-NC 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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Podcast 28 - Why Is The Motorway Built There?

Podcast 28 - Why Is The Motorway Built There?

May 14, 2020

In episode 28 we go back to the 1950s and 60s to determine why the M8 through Glasgow is built where it is! We have a specific focus on the city's Comprehensive Development Areas (CDAs), areas earmarked for complete redevelopment. CDA plans led to the demolition of existing properties, shops and in some cases roads. There were 29 CDAs throughout Glasgow, though only some were taken forward and the locations of some will reveal crucial facts about the motorway corridor!

With Stuart Baird and John Hassall.

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