Argyle Street, Glasgow
With Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, Argyle Street is one of the main shopping streets in the city centre. It is the longest street by distance in the city centre, running for 2.1 miles (3.4 km).
It begins in the south-eastern corner of the city centre, at the Trongate, where it is pedestrianised as far as Queen Street. This section forms the major shopping section of the road, including the St. Enoch Centre and the Argyll Arcade (a Victorian arcade principally containing jewellers). It passes underneath Glasgow Central Station (the so-called Hielanman's Umbrella) before becoming a major thoroughfare connecting the M8 motorway and the Clydeside Expressway (the A814 road) at Anderston.
The route then joins St. Vincent Street where it heads out towards the West End of the city. It connects with Sauchiehall Street at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, and the road itself ends just beyond the Kelvin Hall on a bridge over the River Kelvin, where it becomes Dumbarton Road.
Originally known as Westergait, Argyle Street led west from Trongate to the city's West Port, the western gate out of the city's walls. It was renamed in honour of the Duke of Argyll, some time after the removal of the West Port in 1751, as a result of the expansion of the city westward.
Major reconstruction of the area at the turn of the 1970s which saw the construction of the Glasgow Inner Ring Road, the demolition of Anderston Cross and its replacement with the Anderston Centre complex changed the line of Argyle Street, the eastern half now terminating underneath the Kingston Bridge approach viaduct whilst the main vehicle route over the motorway runs along St. Vincent Street, leaving a 250 metre stretch of the western half of road in Anderston isolated as a cul de sac.
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