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A no-man's-land of motorways

A series of photos I took for my HND Photography college course on the theme of the destruction and desolation brought about by urban motorways. The inner city of Glasgow has been ruined to a particularly appalling extent by these.


A no-man's-land of motorways at Tradeston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


A view from beneath Glasgow's infamous Motorway to Nowhere at Tradeston, which has existed since the opening of the Kingston Bridge in 1971. These redundant carriageways still exist despite the recent opening of the M74 extension into the city, to which they were presumably intended to connect. Seen circa March 2004.


A view from beneath Glasgow's infamous Motorway to Nowhere at Tradeston, which has existed since the opening of the Kingston Bridge in 1971. These redundant carriageways still exist despite the recent opening of the M74 extension into the city, to which they were presumably intended to connect. Seen circa March 2004.


A traffic sign amongst the trees at at Tradeston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


Glasgow's infamous Motorway to Nowhere at Tradeston, which has existed since the opening of the Kingston Bridge in 1971. These redundant carriageways still exist despite the recent opening of the M74 extension into the city, to which they were presumably intended to connect. Seen circa March 2004.


The Motorway to Nowhere at Tradeston, circa March 2004.


The Motorway to Nowhere at Tradeston, circa March 2004.


Once streets, houses and community; now a huge concrete no-man's-land. A view beneath the overhead motorway between Tradeston and Kingston, circa March 2004.


Beneath the M8 motorway at Wallace Street near the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A westward view along Wallace Street, Kingston, Glasgow, towards Carnoustie Street with the M8 motorway above, circa March 2004.


A westward at the junction of Wallace Street and Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, with the M8 motorway overhead, circa March 2004.


A northward view along Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, dominated and overshadowed by the southern approach to the M8 Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A northward view along Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, dominated and overshadowed by the southern approach to the M8 Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A northward view along Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, dominated and overshadowed by the southern approach to the M8 Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A northward view along Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, dominated and overshadowed by the southern approach to the M8 Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A northward view along Carnoustie Street, Kingston, Glasgow, dominated and overshadowed by the southern approach to the M8 Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A westward view in Morrison Street, Kingston, Glasgow, circa March 2004. The very grand building on the south side of the street stands adjacent to an area blighted by approach roads to the M8 Kingston Bridge.


A westward view in Morrison Street, Kingston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


A westward view in Morrison Street, Kingston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


An eastward view from the foot of Robertson Street along Broomielaw towards the bridge carrying the railway approaches to Glasgow Central Station over the River Clyde, circa March 2004.


A westward view along Broomielaw, Glasgow, towards the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A westward view along Argyle Street towards the M8 motorway at Anderston, Glasgow, circa March 2004. Anderston Station is barely noticeable below the multi-lane motorway and slip-roads.


As I was wandering around the centre of Glasgow with my camera one day circa March 2004, this young lady stopped me in Argyle Street, Anderston, and asked me to take a photo of her. I was happy to oblige. Unfortunately, I neglected to do anything as sensible as to ask her name!


A northward view amongst the hideous sprawl of multi-level motorway lanes forming the M8 at Anderston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


A northward view amongst the hideous sprawl of multi-level motorway lanes forming the M8 at Anderston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


A northward view amongst the hideous sprawl of multi-level motorway lanes forming the M8 at Anderston, Glasgow, circa March 2004.


At Anderston, the M8 motorway was crossed by one of Glasgow's bridges to nowhere, which were such an enormous boon to the local community. From Google Maps it can be seen that this footbridge has now been extended to connect Bishop Lane with the now isolated west end of Argyle Street. The characterless and very ugly Marriott Hotel stands behind. Photo taken circa March 2004.


At Anderston, the M8 motorway was crossed by one of Glasgow's infamous bridges to nowhere. Photo taken circa March 2004.


St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in William Street stands immediately to the west of the M8 motorway at Anderston, Glasgow. Photograph taken circa March 2004.


A south-eastward view along the disconnected eastern section of William Street, Glasgow, which has been bisected by the M8 motorway and is overshadowed by an overhead slip-road connecting with Bothwell Street. Photo taken circa March 2004.


A south-eastward view along the disconnected eastern section of William Street, Glasgow, which has been bisected by the M8 motorway and is overshadowed by an overhead slip-road connecting with Bothwell Street. Photo taken circa March 2004.


A southward view from the junction of William Street and Newton Street, Glasgow, along the M8 motorway towards the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A southward view from the junction of William Street and Newton Street, Glasgow, along the M8 motorway towards the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A southward view from Newton Street, Glasgow, along the M8 motorway towards the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A southward view from Newton Street, Glasgow, along the M8 motorway towards the Kingston Bridge, circa March 2004.


A southward view towards the Kingston Bridge, Glasgow, from the bridge carrying St. Vincent Street over the M8 motorway, circa March 2004.


A northward view towards Charing Cross, Glasgow, from the bridge carrying St. Vincent Street over the M8 motorway, circa March 2004.


The Mitchell Library glimpsed between the concrete supports of another of Glasgow's notorious 'bridges to nowhere' which stands above both the M8 motorway and at Sauchiehall Street itself, circa March 2004.


A north-eastward view along the M8 as it gouges its way through the centre of Glasgow, from the bridge carrying Sauchiehall street over the motorway, circa March 2004.
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