Clyde Tunnel

The Clyde Tunnel

The Clyde Tunnel links north and south Glasgow with an average of 65,000 vehicles per day travelling through it, making it a key part of the transport network within not only Glasgow but also West Scotland.

In the Event of a Breakdown

  • Stay in your vehicle
    • Be patient - you will be spotted on the monitors that are operational at all times
  • A tow vehicle will come to assist you

    • your vehicle will then be towed out of the tunnel to a safe point
    • you can then summon a breakdown company for further assistance with your vehicle

Please Note - There is an assistance charge - please refer to the pdf icon LES Book Of Charges 2013/14 [221kb] for current rates.

Clyde Tunnel 50th Anniversary Open Day

7 July

959 Dumbarton Road

12noon until 4pm

This year Glasgow celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Clyde Tunnel.   As part of the celebrations, an open day has been arranged which will provide those who attend the chance to walk through the North Bound Tunnel. The tunnel will be displaying a wide selection of vehicles which have made use of this unique structure over the last 50 years. Throughout the visit you will also see archived images of life building the tunnel.

Within the marquee, situated at the control room, there will be information on the construction of this amazing structure as well as a number of local community groups. 

Entry to the event is from the Control Centre at 959 Dumbarton Road. A shuttle bus will be provided from Victoria Park to this location.

Clyde Tunnel - 50 years of travel

This year Glasgow celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Clyde Tunnel.   As part of the celebrations a special invite only event will take place on the 3 July to commemorate the opening of the Clyde Tunnel. 

A public open day will place on the 7 July offering tours, which must be pre booked, exploring the workings of the Tunnel as well as information on the construction of this amazing structure.

For information on how to get involved or to book a tour at the open day, please contact us using the email address provided below.

Please note that the tours are now fully booked.

Interesting Facts

  • 1947 - Glasgow Corporation Planning for the tunnel began
  • Construction began in 1957
  • Opened 3rd July 1963
    • initial estimates were for 13,000 vehicles per day
  • There are in fact two tunnels - one northbound and one southbound
    • each tunnel has a cycleway and a pedestrian path
  • The length of the Clyde Tunnel is 762metres
    • the width of the river at the same point is 123 metres
  • The tunnel went through a major refurbishment that involved the installation of a new secondary lining incorporating the latest fire protection materials available at the time.
    • costs were approximately £12 million
    • work started in March 2005 and were completed in 2007

Contact Details:

Glasgow City Council
Land and Environmental Services
231 George Street
G1 1RX

Phone: 0141 339 2236
Fax: 0141 287 9059