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Clyde Tunnel

(Linthouse Tunnel)

Conveying the A739 road under the River Clyde in W Glasgow, the Clyde Tunnel connects Linthouse in the south with Whiteinch in the north. Sometimes known as the Linthouse Tunnel, it was built 1957-64 by Sir William Halcrow and Partners. The structure actually comprises two separate tunnels, each carrying two lanes of traffic in opposing directions. There is a cycleway and pedestrian walkway under the roadway. At the time tunnels were to only option for a river-crossing at this point, permitting shipping to move upstream.

At both ends of the tunnel are buildings each with prominent ventilation towers and control rooms looking out over the tunnel entrances. Long approach ramps descend through cuttings, but the tunnel beneath the relatively narrow river is so short that the roads have no sooner reached their maximum depth than they rise once again to the exit. A southern interchange connects with the A8 and M8, while a northern interchange provides access to the A814 Clyde Expressway.

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