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Tradeston is bounded by the River Clyde to the north, the Glasgow to Paisley railway line to the south, Eglinton Street and Bridge Street to the east and West Street to the west. The M74 Extension traverses the area.
Many former industrial buildings in the area have been demolished as part of the M74 Extension which opened in June 2011.
West Street station is the proposed location of a major new rail-subway interchange as part of the Crossrail Glasgow proposal.
The area was the scene of a tragedy in 1994 when a double-decker bus carrying a group of Girl Guides from the city's Drumchapel district crashed into one of the low rail bridges crossing West Street immediately adjacent to the subway station (the driver was unfamiliar with the route and was being led by a guide leader in a car); two 10-year-old girls, an 11-year-old girl and two adult supervisors were killed in the incident and 15 other children injured, six of them seriously. A similar incident occurred at another nearby low bridge on Cook Street in 2009, although on that occasion the bus was empty and returning to the depot.
Tradeston was the site of another tragedy in 1872 when the Tradeston Flour Mills exploded killing 18 people who worked at the mills and people who worked or lived in surrounding buildings, and starting a fire that threatened Bridge Street railway station and ships docked on the River Clyde.
- Bus crash toll rises to five as girl dies, The Herald, 28 September 1994
- Anger at verdict over Guides death crash, The Independent, 22 March 1995
- I still blame myself for Cath's death | Tormented bus crash victim's mum tells court of agony, Daily Record, 21 October 1998, via thefreelibrary
- Drumchapel Girl Guides tragedy remembered 20 years on, Clydebank Post, 24 September 2014
- Judgement| Joseph Munro McKnight and Mrs Joan McKnight v. Clydeside Buses Limited and Glasgow City Council and Railtrack Plc and Mima Dunlop, Scottish Courts Service, 23 December 1998
- Police investigate after bus collides with bridge, The Herald, 25 March 2009, via PressReader