|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Thorntonhall Roundabout (NS604553)|
|Distance:||5.4 miles (8.7 km)|
|Meets:||A726, M77, B769, A77, B767, B759, B766, A726|
|Former Number(s):||A726, B766|
|Route outline (key)|
When the A726 GSO (Glasgow Southern Orbital) opened in May 2005, that part of the road bypassed was renumbered as the A727.
Before the new A726 was fully opened, the part of this road between Thorntonhall Roundabout and the GSO flyover was briefly called the B766.
Darnley - Thorntonhall Roundabout
The road starts as a 3-lane section at M77 junction 3, taking over the A726's alignment as that road heads down the M77 to take up its new route over the GSO (see the A726 listing for more info). The A727 is dual carriageway as we leave the M77 junction, heading up past Arden and Deaconsbank to Spiersbridge Roundabout. After this we head past Rouken Glen Park on Rouken Glen Road through Thornliebank and southern Giffnock towards Eastwood Toll. This is a roundabout with a curious exit as traffic from both lanes can go straight on up the A727 but at the exit traffic in the outside lane gets 40 m from the roundabout before being forced to turn right! As a result we are singled as we head past the residential areas of Eastwoodmains in Giffnock and Williamwood in Clarkston. When we reach Clarkston's town centre at Clarkston Toll, we are dualled once more (although you would be hard pushed to noticed with the parked cars) before turning left at Sheddens Roundabout with the B767 to Eaglesham. We are again singled and we head down a narrow twisty road through the centre of the village of Busby.
When we come to the railway we pass under it at a notorious low bridge, some 13"9', which regularly sees action, and the number of paint marks on the bridge a different colour from the yellow/black stripes indicate this. Traffic has had 3 opportunities before this to join the A726 which bypasses this bridge before you reach it. First Glasgow now run single-decker buses or low-height double-deckers that scrape under it on route 66. After the bridge, the road bends sharply and then rises steeply coming up to the same height as the railway within 20 m. We pass the B759 junction, an accident blackspot now monitored by a camera, before heading out of Busby and reaching the NSL signs as the road is dualled once again. We meet the B766 Carmunnock bypass at the next roundabout, and for a few years after the GSO was built the A727 actually ended here with the B766 continuing on the last 1½ miles to the Peel Park roundabout. Logic has now prevailed, however, and the A727 now continues ahead to the roundabout where the A726 GSO rejoins at the flyover and muscles its way onto the old road again.
Original Author(s): Colin Weir