|Part of E05|
|Length:||7.0 mi (11.3 km)|
|Existed:||1969 – present|
|Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Motherwell, Carlisle|
The M73 is a motorway in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is 7 miles (11 km) long and connects the M74 motorway with the M80 motorway, providing an eastern bypass for Glasgow. The short stretch between Junctions 1 and 2 is part of unsigned international E-road network E05, where it continues along the M8 through Glasgow. To the south, the M74 motorway is also part of the E05.
Starting at the M74 junction 4 (M73 junction 1) by the River Clyde, it proceeds north with Birkenshaw to the east and crosses the Whifflet railway line before meeting the M8 and A8 at a three-level interchange, west of Swinton. Immediately afterwards the North Clyde railway line and then passes alongside Woodend Loch before reaching junction 2A at Gartcosh. There is then a further 2 miles (3.2 km) of motorway, before traffic exits onto the M80 westbound.
The road is a dual 3 lane road between junctions 1 and 2, and a dual 2 lane road between junctions 2 and 3. It is subject to the national speed limit.
History and future plans
In 2011, the northern end was extended as part of the M80 completion project. This connects the motorway into the completed M80 at a new interchange.
|Cumbernauld, Stirling M80||J3||Start of motorway|
|Gartcosh, Muirhead (A752)||J2A||Gartcosh, Muirhead (A752)|
|Edinburgh, Livingston A8 (M8)||J2||Edinburgh, Livingston A8
Glasgow (East) M8
|Glasgow (East) M8||No exit|
|Start of motorway||J1/
|The South, Carlisle
Glasgow (Centre) M74 (M6)
- "CBRD Motorway Database – M73". Cbrd.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- "The Motorway Archive – M73 Dates Page". Iht.org. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Official M80 Completion Website – Scheme Map (PDF)