A727 (Glasgow - Clarkston)
|Location Map ( geo)
|Clarkston Toll (NS571576)
|5 miles (8 km)
|A8, A728, A77
|Now part of:
|A8, A730, B766, B762, B767
|Route outline (key)
The A727 was originally allocated to a route heading south out of central Glasgow, although the start point varied over the years
The route originally started end on with the A81 on the A8 where it emerged from under the railway on Nelson Street, and continued east on Norfolk Street. The A727 therefore headed south along Eglinton Street to Eglinton Toll where it crossed the A77 at an acute angle. The route then continued south on Victoria Road to Queens Park, where it curved around to the east on Queens Drive, Langside Road, Grange Road and so onto Battlefield Road. Just before reaching the railway, it turned right onto Holmlea Road, and continued south across the White Cart Water on New Bridge onto Clarkston Road and finally Stamperland Crescent to reach Clarkston Toll, where it ended on the A726.
The route was extended north in 1934 to cross Glasgow Bridge and run up Union Street and Renfield Street, formerly the A81, to meet the A82 at Cowcadden Street. In the early 1950s, it appears to have been curtailed again, on Argyle Street, the A814, where it now met the A82 end-on. It remained on this route into the late 1960s, although there is a suggestion that the northern end was subsequently swapped with the A77, taking the A727 onto Pollokshaws Road, although the exact start point at this time is unclear. This swap is supported by the 1974 OS One Inch map apparently showing the current kerb line through Eglinton Toll, which prevents traffic crossing from one route to the other. In 1967/8 the A77 is shown as starting at Gorbals Cross, but it is not clear whether the A727 retained this start point.
The former A727 has since been renumbered or downgraded throughout. On the original route, Jamaica Street is unclassified, while the section from Glasgow Bridge to Eglinton Toll remains the A77. On the possible later route, Gorbals Street is now the A730, while the rest of Pollokshaws Road is unclassified, as is the entire former A727 from Eglinton Toll to Battlefield Road, which is the B766. Holmlea Road is also unclassified, but Clarkston Road from New Bridge in Cathcart to the Merrylee Road junction is the B762 while the rest of the old route to Clarkston Toll is the B767.