The Kingston Bridge

and Approaches

Part 3: The Bridge Today and Celebrating 50 Years

November 2020

The Bridge Today

The Kingston Bridge remains one of Glasgow’s most iconic structures and a crucial piece in the national motorway system. Today, around 155,000 vehicles cross it every day, down slightly from the levels recorded prior to the completion of the M74 in 2011.


The extensive maintenance works of the 1990s and 2000s ensure the bridge will remain operational for many years to come but the on-going debate the environmental consequences of our dependence on the car is certain to result in changes to the way we travel in decades ahead. It will be interesting to see how the bridge and wider motorway system adapts to these changes.


In June 2020 it was announced that Historic Environment Scotland intend to give the bridge listed status. The Glasgow Motorway Archive keenly supported the move which was confirmed in November of that year. Listing the bridge doesn’t simply acknowledge its unique engineering and architectural features, it also recognises the work of the people that designed and built it, as well as the efforts of those that have maintained it over its first half-century of service.


The Glasgow Motorway Archive will continue to study its history with interest.

Celebrating 50 Years

26th June 2020 marked Kingston's 50th anniversary. The anniversary was covered widely on TV and in the national press. To mark the occasion the Glasgow Motorway Archive produced a special two-part podcast and, with Transport Scotland's help and support, a booklet featuring new and unseen images from the archive.

Printed copies of the booklet are available on our merchandise page.

Our two-part podcast celebrating the bridge's anniversary can be heard below. Part 1 focuses on planning, design and constriction. Part 2 considers initial operation, the refurbishment and strengthening works and the future.


> Part 3: The Bridge Today, Celebrating 50 Years


< Part 1: Planning, Construction and Opening


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With thanks to John Cullen (1928-2018)

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