This blog is me visiting buildings on my motorcycle. I bore you with my travels by motorcycle in my other blogs "Tales from the Road " & "Images from the Road". But at times of the year when the weather makes going far on two wheels uncomfortable I thought I'd visit buildings in the local area (Glasgow, West & Central Scotland and beyond)
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Finnieston Tunnel Rotundas
I'm sure that a lot of Glaswegians don't know that there are
tunnels under the Clyde between Finnieston & Govan, west of the city
centre. Three 16 foot diameter tunnels were constructed opening in 1895. Two
for traffic and one for pedestrians & a water main. Traffic accessed the
tunnel via hydraulic lifts, six in each rotunda building on either bank. There
were ferries in this area but the tunnel allowed horse drawn carts to carry a
heavier load over the river because they did not have to negotiate the ramp
onto the ferry.
The tunnels were not a success and the company running them
went bust after a few years. The city corporation ran the tunnels until
1943 when the lifts were removed. The pedestrian tunnel closed in 1980.
The rotundas were eventually renovated. The north one is now
restaurants. The south one is currently unused.