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I've looked on old-maps, and the only clear and relevant sheet is the 1936-39 1:2500, which shows the western part of the loop as the B753, and the eastern half (erroneously?) as the B758. the 1935-8 1:10560 seems to say B753 at the eastern end of the route. However, both these maps probably post-date 1936, as they seem to show the A89 in place of the A8.
My thought, therefore, is is it possible that the B753 was temporarily upgraded to an A road to help take traffic away from Coatbridge town centre, prior to the opening of the Glasgow - Edinburgh new A8 route? If so, it could account for one of the A80xx numbers which are so far unaccounted for (or even the original A898?). Or was it just a mapping error?
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From the SABRE Wiki: B753 :
The B753 is described in the 1922 Road Lists as Bye-Pass S. of Coatbridge.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A89 (former A8). It heads south along the largely residential Dundyvan Road to go under two railway lines and turn easterly. After more housing it reaches a roundabout on the A725 opposite Whifflet station.
Originally the B753 ended here; however,