M77

The M77 is a relatively new motorway forming the main road south from Glasgow, zipping traffic in and out of the city and bypassing the boring old A77.

For about twenty years it existed only as a tiny spur, joining the M8 at a huge free-flowing junction. It was first extended to bypass the urban sections of the A77, and then pushed further out to relieve the accident-prone rural A77.

The length through the Glasgow suburbs that opened in the 1990s was built almost exactly on the line proposed back in the mid-1960s, with only changes to junction layouts separating the two proposals.

The second (and probably final) extension opened in Spring 2005, and runs from junction 5 to 8. It replaces a narrow four-lane single carriageway road through open countryside, built in the 1930s, which was well past its sell-by date. It had claimed countless lives and the new motorway route is many times faster, safer and more efficient. The motorway now connects to the existing grade-separated Kilmarnock Bypass.

Start

Glasgow

End

Fenwick

Passes

None

Connects to

M8

Length

18 miles

Click a section name to see its full details, or click a map symbol on the right to see all motorways opened in that year.

Completed Name Start End
M8 - Dumbreck M8 J22 Plantation Road J1 Dumbreck Chronology map for 1981
Dumbreck - Malletsheugh J1 Dumbreck J5 Malletsheugh Chronology map for 1996
Malletsheugh - Kilmarnock J5 Malletsheugh J8 Meiklewood Chronology map for 2005

Exit list

Symbols and conventions are explained in the key to exit lists. You can click any junction to see its full details.

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
M8 J22 Glasgow
Edinburgh
M8 Link
East Kilbride
Tradeston
(A8)




M8
NORTH





M8
(A8)
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
1 Govan
Pollokshields
B768
B768 B768 Pollokshields
Pollokshaws
B768
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
2 Pollokshaws
B762
B762


B762


Crookston
Pollokshaws
B762
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
3 Nitshill
Paisley
Greenock
A727
A726 A727 Nitshill
Thornliebank
Barrhead
A727
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
3 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
4 B7087
(B769)
Newton Mearns
Stewarton
(B769)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
  1 mile, 2 lanes
5 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
(A77) A726 East Kilbride
Eaglesham
A726
Newton Mearns
A77
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Signs Signs
7 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
6 A77 A77 Galston
A77
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  3 miles, 2 lanes
7 A77


B778
A77

B778
Stewarton
Fenwick
B778
Kilmaurs (B751)
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  1 mile, 2 lanes
8 N/A A77

B7038




A77
SOUTH
B7061

B7061



Fenwick
B7061
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
Routes
M77

Picture credits

With thanks to Marcus Kerr, Mark Shields, Malin Dixon, Ashley Sharp, Gerald Higgins, Gregor Smith, Alan Shaw and Craig Wilson for information on this page.

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